When I think of hidden gems, my mind drifts off to the amazing places I have had the good fortune to visit and at times live. Each time of day has its spots around the world. Seasons carry memories of wonderful scenes and experiences to go with them. Everywhere I look there is something that is a legacy of Divinity’s artistry.
As I left Weesp in the Netherlands, the sight and sound of the old church in the center of this city etched itself. The bells ring every fifteen minutes. They augment the silence in a way that reminds one of the values and priorities that are held close to the heart. It is a wonderful building that is always present.
The flight out over the Dutch coast brought a different flood of memories. Good friends, defining moments in our lives, and the peace and pain that the sea often brings were top of my mind. I caught myself drifting with images of tall sea grass, rolling dunes, and the incessant wind that was forever changing the scene. It is another memory that centers my thoughts on the moment at hand, knowing that Hope is always present.
Our landing in Washington included an aerial tour of the fall colors in the Virginia countryside. Homes and hills were accented with exploding splashes of red, orange, and green. It was a wonderful mosaic that reminded me of how beautiful life can be in its diversity.
David reminds me to look; “Attention, all! See the marvels of God! He plants flowers and trees all over the earth.” (Psalm 46.8) As busy as life is, it is fun to look at the world around me with a pause. Life is always busy and chaotic. It seems to get more so as time passes and yet we have an invitation to stop, slow down, and see what is all around us. The world is a wonderful canvas that Divinity has left an impression on. I hear a call to add our contribution. It is an invitation to create art with God.