The Way I See It

It was dark. It was gloomy. Pre-dawn and I was in the car looking for the right location for a great sunrise photo. Anyone who knows me well, knows that early mornings are not really my thing. For me to be up and out of the house that early is a big deal – it usually requires a red-eye flight and a 50 minute drive to the airport for me to be up before the sun.

But this morning there was no sunrise.

No sign of the sun any where. Everything was grey and misty. And instead of reaping the reward of a gorgeous sunrise I got to watch the mist simply become a paler shade of grey.

Not happy.

And then it dawned on me (pun intended). Perspective. It’s all in the way I see it. I could remain ‘not happy’ because I didn’t get what I wanted, or I could look for the gift in what I did have. Hmm, that sounds familiar.

Look for the gift given.

My compact camera isn’t a big fan of low light, but here’s my favourite shot from this misty morning.

tree in the mist

I look at it now and I see the beauty in the landscape, remember the moist air on my skin, and the birds warbling ‘good morning’ in the trees. And it was a good morning.

I think of other situations and events happening in my life – things I’d rather not do, pain I’d rather not face, stresses, disappointments and frustrations. I often encourage others to look for the ‘silver lining’ in their grey clouds. I think it’s time to take my own advice, and change my perspective.

Maybe one day I will be quicker to see the good in what appears to be bad, the beauty in the ugly, the lesson in the mistake. Maybe one day I will be able to consider it all joy (James 1:2-3). But today, I will just be thankful for the misty morning.

Is there something in your life that would benefit from a change of perspective?

Brand New Day

Sunrise - a brand new day

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
Lamentations 3:22-24

Today is a brand new day of your life, a new page in your story, a new beginning. How will you write it?

Early on a summer morning

Early in the morning, while it was still cool, I took a walk in a local park. Here are my favourite photos. Click on an image to view the full size gallery.

Walking uplifts the spirit. Breathe out the poisons of tension, stress, and worry; breathe in the power of God. Send forth little silent prayers of goodwill toward those you meet. Walk with a sense of being a part of a vast universe. Consider the thousands of miles of earth beneath your feet; think of the limitless expanse of space above your head. Walk in awe, wonder, and humility. Walk at all times of day. In the early morning when the world is just waking up. Late at night under the stars. Along a busy city street at noontime.

~ Wilferd A Peterson