I’ve always loved tiny things, making leaf-houses for my Polly Pockets years ago, treasuring miniature tea sets and dolls, loving the littlest books: the ones you can slip in a pocket, the ones that fill the palm of your hand without spilling out. I like book illustrations which are full of details, new things to notice after multiple lookings.
Our God is a God who delights to make much of the small. Read scripture and see His pattern: taking the younger, the weaker, the lesser, the least likely, and founding for Himself a people. He “chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise . . . what is weak in the world to shame the strong . . .what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”
And He is a God who delights in the details. We see it in creation, each kind of tree with its distinct leaf-shape, and each individual leaf distinct. We live in a world of infinite variety even on a microscopic scale, and the more you see, the more you can notice it. He tells us — and His word is true — that He has numbered the very hairs of our heads.
Again and again, scripture tells us to look, to notice, to cast our eyes round this world of His creating and see what He has done. He is honored when we do. Noticing is worthwhile.
And so, lacking the time this year to tackle a more complicated theme, I’ve decided to spend this year’s 31-day blogging challenge noticing: in creation, in people, in the books I read, the things I hear. So often I forget to pay attention and let worlds of goodness slip by unrecognized. Here’s to a month of paying attention, of pausing, of sharing, even in the midst of busyness.
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©2014 by Stacy Nott