This morning I read about expectations. Kaitlin Curtice shared about dashed expectations that happened to her and I felt a bit of that this morning as I woke to another rainy day here. I was hoping to get out for some long walks today but the rain did not let that happen. I did get a bit of a walk in and came across this beautiful flower just starting to bloom along with some of the rain left on the freshly growing petals. It looked rather lonely among the brown and the grey of the day. But it was a spot of beauty to be found in the midst. It was a wonderful bit of beauty in an otherwise grey day today. So, even though my expectations of the day were changed as the day began, I am grateful for this glimpse of beauty that reminded me that one expectation I can have each day is that if I just have my eyes open, I’ll see something of God’s beauty.
Reminds me of Psalm 139…
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.