A Week Of Paying Attention

I almost walked right through it.

The largest spider's web I have ever seen and I almost destroyed it because I didn't see it. Molly and I were out for a walk, and the web was partially obscured by the tree branches it was attached to. It wasn't until Molly stopped to sniff a blade of grass that I looked up to find it a few inches away from my face.

Now, it wouldn't have been terrible if I had walked through it. It would have taken a minute to wipe it off and the spider would have to start over again, but in the grand scheme of things it wouldn't have been so bad.

Just a little icky.

On the other hand, there are many things we don't want to miss out on because we weren't paying attention.

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psalm 119:18

While it's totally ok to miss out on a spider's web in your hair and on your clothes, but it's a tragedy not to see the miracles and blessings of God in your life. When we don't pay attention to what's happening all around us, we can overlook the most important things in life.

Make this a week of paying attention. Turn your eyes away from yourself and the non-essentials in your life and focus your eyes on what the Lord has done and is doing in the world around you. The psalmist desired nothing more than open eyes so he could see every single wondrous word of God. May this be our prayer, too, that He make us wholly and completely aware of the blessings and miracles in everyday life.

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