look closely...

Look closely. The beautiful may be small.

{emmanuel kant}

that is one of my favorite quotes. and when i take my walk everyday i have been taking one photo of one small beautiful thing. i use the instagram app on my iphone to take the photo. it also allows me to add some cool effects and then email myself the photo (or put it on facebook or twitter). 

i am in a season where the beautiful is hard to find somedays. i see the BIG AND UGLY much easier. my mind wants to fixate on all that is wrong and how i should have done things better and different. and so taking these photos remind me to look. to appreciate. to see God’s goodness in the land of the living. they remind me to look. and to see the beautiful. though it is small. it is there. it is always there. in different places. in vivid colors. sizes. shapes. but beautiful. and reassuring that God is not silent. He is not passive. He is active and alive. and at work. making all things beautiful in their time.

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.  Psalm 34:4-6

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.  Psalm 105:4

As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he shows us his mercy.  Psalm 123:1-3

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:25-27