Monday, September 24, 2012

It’s so easy to pass through life, only concerned about complicated, intellectual thoughts;  important facts and ideas. And, if this is the way you live, then when you get to the end of the road, you will realize, with regret, that you never even stopped to smell the flowers. You can miss so much, by overlooking beauty. God created a beautiful, joyful world just for us, and even if you spend your entire life smack dab in the middle of it, you might just miss it.

He could have just made it black and white, but he gave us color; rich, full, bright, indescribable. And he gave us eyes to see that color. 

It could have been a silent world, but God made glorious noises; roaring oceans, crying babies, barking dogs, voices to sing with and to have conversations with. 

We feel things: soft, hard, bumpy, smooth, sharp, squishy. . .and we have words to describe all those things.

We taste: not just one or two flavors, either. There’s an infinite variety of the things we can eat. And what’s the point, really? It’s only in our mouth for a moment. . . But imagine how terribly monotonous it would get if we ate only one thing (say, oatmeal) every day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

And then, of course, we smell: roses, chocolate cake, freshly-washed laundry, pine needles, lemons. . .and, yes, the garbage too. 

  God even went to the trouble to make each of the millions of billions of snowflakes unique and delicate and beautiful. Imagine how many trillions of snowflakes are scraped off of the roads and dumped to melt in dirty heaps every time the snow plow grumbles by.  

     It could have been an isolated world. One where people all lived alone and depended on themselves. But, instead, it's full of families. And friends.  

It is infinitely unthankful to take all that for granted and to just plod along ignoring. We should revel in the beauty and the risk of it all. Because there is risk: There are valleys along the path. There are nettles that sometimes grow with the flowers, so you have to be careful when you are pick them. Some people prefer to look at the ground all the time, so that they will be sure not to trip and fall down. They'd rather just ignore the flowers altogether, so they won't risk getting sore fingers. We live in an exciting world; a fast-paced, action-packed world; a dangerous world. You're going to get knocked down sometimes; you may even get the breath knocked clean out of you. We never know what will happen next. But it's when you're down there on your scraped knees, that your Father will reach down and show you that you can get back up again.

     By relishing God’s creation, you are getting to know him better. You get to know an author, not by just reading his books, but by living in them. You get to know God more by taking a walk on the beach: digging your toes in the sand, breathing in the salty air, feeling the wind toss you around, and letting the waves drench you; you will become more wise in one moment of just being real, than you will ever be from hours spent poring over thick volumes of evaluations and scholarly opinions. So, live life to its absolute fullest. Savor every moment that you are given in the Story with joy. 

And don’t forget to smell the flowers.



  1. Your a GREAT writer Allie! Keep posting stuff on your blog and there will always be people to enjoy and learn from reading it! My goal this week is to pause and enjoy the things in life and to "smell the flowers" even though in our family we DO have to eat oatmeal every day for breakfast ;) Great inspiration!

    1. Thanks so much, Laken!! That's very encouraging! And....well...yeah I'm sure you're quite tired of oatmeal. Lol Thank goodness you get eggs and bacon on Saturday mornings!!! :) :) :)

  2. Great Job Allie! I'm always looking forward to reading what you have to say next on here! Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you, Marta!! I'm glad to hear that you enjoy reading my posts!

  3. Thank you for that, Allie! Beautifully written and so meaningful.


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