A thousand opportunities in this day alone,

to hush, be still,

if only for ten seconds,

then whisper,

“Did you hear it? The song of birds, the rustle of wind, the raindrop light-fall roofward?

“Did you see it, that oriole nest hung high in the tree, the burst of rhododendron bloom, the hovering shimmer of hummingbird?

“Did you pick up the fragrance of spring in the air, of fresh wet grass, of herbs brushed by a stride or a sweep of a hand?

“Did you feel it, the velvet of a pansy petal, the breeze on your brow, the Presence of God all around?

“Did you taste and see that the Lord is good, in this moment, and the next, and the next?”

Ask whoever’s with me. But mostly ask myself.

A thousand opportunities to stop and beathe in beauty, to thank and praise their Author.

Seizing opportunities on this misty morning. And smiling big.


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22 thoughts on “A Thousand Opportunities

  1. How blessed I am to land right behind you in Five Minute Fridays! Thank you for the reminder to seize every opportunity of praise.

  2. What beautiful word pictures you painted on my computer screen! Thanks for the encouragement to stop and listen, to praise our Creator.

  3. And how blessed I am, too, Tereasa, by you landing there! Good to see you, my friend! I owe you some comments on some great, thought-provoking (and resonating posts). So, see you later!

  4. Hi Mary,
    So glad we’re getting to “meet” each other. Another blessed opportunity! Thanks for stopping to comment.

  5. Hello Pamela,
    So good to “see” you again. I want to seize this *opportunity* to get over to your blog and see what’s there. It’s been a while. Glad this helps me “re-find” you!

  6. Hi Linda. Those musings were so blessed to me, going into my personal journal. Where did they come from? I know that spending the opportunity of *first* morning moments alone with Him was what stirred them. Blessed in His Spirit. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting.

  7. This is a beautiful post, Sylvia! How I need to remember this! So many opportunities missed every day. Thank you so, so much for this reminder!

  8. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I’m glad my photo and verse were beneficial to you! You words here are right on point. This is exactly what I’m trying to do with my life – notice the extraordianary all around me.

  9. Hi Donna. Yes, He does fill up our senses, with so many good things. All we have to do is tune in! Thanks for commenting!

  10. Hello again, Stephani. Yes, in this time of so many distractions, we do need to be intentional about it, don’t we?

  11. Dawn, I am so grateful to God if you’re blessed in the mornings through my scribblings. He is so good, and works/speaks through so many things in His creation. What a joy it is to be one of them!

  12. Hi (Mariposa) Mary. I almost missed the opportunity to thank you for your visit and comment! I am so glad you began your count of 10,000 reasons (to praise Him). How much deeper our joy and appreciation when we are able to see through the created things to the Creator, and be able to sense His presence amid it all!

  13. Oh, yes, I’m so glad God led me to that, too! It’s been a wonderful way to discover such incredible joy in Him, even though I still struggle quite frequently with my forgetfulness. Even when I forget, though, I now know what it is to know Him, to really know Him as He is, and when I see that, I really do see how all of creation points to Him, which leads me to joyful worship and praise. It’s so nice to see what the finger’s pointing to instead of staring at the finger all the time. So much deeper. So much deeper.

    Thank you for coming on this journey with me, Sylvia. I am so, so appreciative of your friendship and support. Many thanks, dear friend.

  14. Mary, I like your statement, “It’s so nice to see what the finger’s pointing to instead of staring at the finger all the time.” Imagery to remember.

  15. So beautiful, and a wonderful reminder that His gifts abound if we silent our hearts to receive them! Coming over from Still Saturday today. Blessings!

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