Friday, July 07, 2017
The Beauty is in the Small Stuff
This Sunday I’m preaching with the two Hymns “In the Garden” and “Morning Has Broken” along with John 1, John 20 and Isaiah 43. So, I felt like this was a good time to visit the K-State Gardens and Insect Zoo. Me, Kati, the one who screams at the sight of a spider, went to an insect..zoo. Let me tell you, I learned a lot! It was also alarmingly refreshing to look at something so frightening in such a safe way. The biggest, hairiest, and most beautiful tarantulas relaxed in their habitats in front of me and I could admire their beauty on the other side of the glass. I was even brave enough to go into the dark, cave-like room with the biggest spiders and the biggest beetles—they had chompers! Afterwards I explored the pathways of the gardens, smelled the roses, took pictures with the Black Eyed Susans, and did a sketch of the fountain.
I’ve been mulling over the beauty of it all, and I’m struck by the beauty of the imperfection of the garden. From the stones to the lilies, everything showed it’s age and the weather that it has blossomed through. The water in the fountain seemed so wild and strong and soft and balanced. Creation danced before me as I enjoyed some recreation time, enjoying God’s constant re-creation of me and the world around me. Lord as you care for these delicate and small creatures, care, renew and restore my soul. Alleluia, Amen.