Sunset over Bali as seen from Gili island, Indonesia

I woke up early this morning—determined to accomplish some writing before the tyranny of “to-do” seized the day—and hurried from the house toward the office. Half way across the patio I remembered my cell phone was still sitting on the kitchen counter. With a near trip over the paws of my faithful companion, I made a quick U-turn, headed back towards the house and was frozen in place by what I saw as surely as the wife of Lot was when she was turned back to look at Sodom and Gomorrah.

Above the stand of distant pines the morning sky had exploded in an astonishing array of reds, orange, purple, pinks and yellow.  I sucked in breath as my hand flew to my chest and uttered a soft, “Oh my.” Across the pond, reflected in the water’s mirror-like stillness was a sunrise unlike any I have ever seen.  Dumbstruck with the beauty, I thought God, You sure know how to paint! In reply the whispered words of a long-ago sermon filled my heart with overwhelming joy:  “I did it just for you.”

Instinctively, I wanted to share this breathtaking moment with my husband, but he was still asleep.  I considered a dash for the cell phone to take a photo, but was held in place with the thought of simply staying and letting the moment be enough.

I sometimes think we’ve come to the place with all our gadgets and instant communication that we’ve forgotten how to simply be. We feel as if the good moments in life aren’t good unless we can capture and share them.

Let’s put down the gadgets and let the good moments of life be enough.  For “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” James 4:14.

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