I don’t know how I missed it. I must have read the blog 5 or 6 times, more than usual. It didn’t stick out to me. And I missed an important word – NOT. The word I missed was not. Leaving that word out is pretty significant since it means I was supporting the complete opposite – which wasn’t my intention at all, of course. But I read it as if it were there. When I read the sentence, the NOT was there. Except, it wasn’t. I knew what was in my mind but that didn’t make it true in the sentence. Thankfully, my friend Gale pointed it out. She is so kind and simply mentioned I may have missed it. I am grateful for friends that point out the things I miss.
It doesn’t just happen with sentences though. We miss lots of things because we are in a routine. We miss things because it is a part of our everyday sequence. We miss that we actually pass people (actual humans) every day, not just objects. We miss that the sun rose and that the birds sing. We miss all the normal, everyday happenings that are actually quite significant. We miss opportunities to be kind. We miss the chance to show love. We miss it because it becomes a blur in our lives. It is a part of the normal operation. We are sure it is there just because. We take the good for granted.
Sometimes it takes friends and family to help us see what we have been missing. Children are great for this. They notice things and find such wonder in the simple. People that don’t walk our path notice the obvious. Maybe today, we strive to notice too. Maybe we take a stranger’s view of our little world. Maybe we seek out the things we have missed. There just may be joy, hope and love waiting around the corner.
13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!
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