Sunday, February 8, 2009

FINDING JOY

Picture by Steve Orton. Logan, UT
Do you take time to discover each day how beautiful your life can be? How long has it been since you watched the sun set? The departing rays kissing the clouds, trees, hills, and lowlands good night, sometimes tranquilly, sometimes with exuberant bursts of color and form. What of the wonder of a cloudless night when the Lord unveils the marvels of His heavens—the twinkling stars, the moonlight rays—to ignite our imagination with His greatness and glory? How captivating to watch a seed planted in fertile soil germinate, gather strength, and send forth a tiny, seemingly insignificant sprout. Patiently it begins to grow and develop its own character led by the genetic code the Lord has provided to guide its development. With care it surely will become what it is destined to be: a lily, crowned with grace and beauty; a fragrant spearmint plant; a peach; an avocado; or a beautiful blossom with unique delicacy, hue, and fragrance. When last did you observe a tiny rosebud form? Each day it develops new and impressive character, more promise of beauty until it becomes a majestic rose. You are one of the noblest of God’s creations. His intent is that your life be gloriously beautiful regardless of your circumstances. As you are grateful and obedient, you can become all that God intends you to be.
~Richard G. Scott

6 comments:

Joy said...

Beautiful...Thank you for that thought today. It is one that I do try and remember often.

shirlgirl said...

What a gorgeous picture and a beautiful thought. I marvel at the pictures God gives us each day--certainly His marvelous works. Thank you for that picture. It is absolutely breathtaking.

Jenny said...

Love this. And God would have us SEE the beauty regardless of our circumstance. Thanks, Bec.

Jo Jo said...

Nice job on the pic Steve. Great quote. Love Elder Scott

April said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Erica said...

This reminds me of something that happened Saturday night. We were all coming home from being out for the afternoon. The sun was getting ready to set and the clouds formed up ahead (seemed like right in front of us!) in a way that the sun shone down in about a dozen beams. The kids were in the back and we were pointing it out to them and they were ooh-ing and aah-ing. Elijah (4 yrs old) said, "dats just wike Jeee-sus, wight Mommie?". We just smiled at him. I'm glad he thinks Jesus is as beautiful as those lovely sunbeams. Ironically, he IS a new sunbeam at church :)