Thought for the Month (May 2013)

As I travel around the signs of Spring are surely appearing, revealing more and more of the beauty of God's creation. "Lambs tail" catkins have fluttered in the breeze for several weeks and have been joined by the sunshine yellow of primroses and deep purple of violets shyly peeking out in the more sheltered hedgerows. Gardens are suddenly full of daffodils and tulips and bright splashes of colour. My trips along the "Backs" at Cambridge are rewarded with views of glorious carpets of crocus and anemone, and driving through Kent gives me ever changing, often breath-taking, vistas (in my opinion the view down Goudhurst hill is almost unrivalled).

However it is all too easy to miss these beautiful sights. Hurrying around in the business of life we can become self-absorbed and unobservant. Too busy getting to our destination we miss the views along the way. The one bonus of all the road repairs and temporary traffic lights that have sprung up seemingly everywhere I drive is the opportunity to stop and suddenly see a view I have driven by countless times before but somehow failed to notice.

The beauty of the world around us is a reminder of the creativity of our God. We sang as children of

"All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all"

but are we as awe-struck now as we were then? I can still clearly remember the joy of just sitting and watching bees collect nectar from honeysuckle, and counting with delight the number of daisies in my father's lawn. As an adult this joy and delight has so often been replaced with the fear of being stung and momentary thoughts of weed-killer!

So during this month I strongly suggest we all try and just spend a few minutes every day enjoying God's glory in creation (Psalm 19) and giving thanks for all the wonderful and beautiful sights and sounds that surround us. We have a great big God and His works are just so spectacular let us remember what it is like to just sit and be amazed!

Helen Warmington

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