Accustomed to Beauty

holland-lake-daniel-2008-049A year and a half ago we moved into our lake house. I had grown up on a lake, but had been landlocked for 30 years and I missed the water so much that I felt like I was just going to shrival up if I didn’t get back to it. So, I started driving around looking for slivers of silver, and I began searching web sites and real estate magazines for “waterfront” listings in our area. It took me 5 years to find a house on a lake that we could afford but finally I did. It is a simple 3 bedroom 2 bath home and I just love it!

To get to our home you have to drive over a small ridge. When you reach the very top of the ridge the view is breathtaking. You can see the lake with a mountain in the distance.  When God made it possible for us to buy the house I promised Him that I would thank Him every time I came over that ridge. And I do thank Him. At first I remembered every single time but now, sometimes I forget my prayer of thanks.

And I have to wonder at that. The view is the same; wonderful and miraculous. The only thing that’s changed is that I have gotten used to it.

Today, I rededicated myself to that promise of gratefulness. I decided that I absolutely will not miss that view or the chance to thank God for it. And today, when we topped that hill on the way home I asked myself. How many other beautiful things have I gotten accustomed to? How many miraculous things am I forgetting to wonder about?

And that’s exactly what I’ve decided to blog about, at least for a while. So…stay tuned.

2 thoughts on “Accustomed to Beauty

  1. In the ’80’s I was a new Marine officer stationed at Camp LeJeune, NC, on the coast of NC. My wife and I were fortunate enough to rent a condominium off-base overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The ocean was the same, but different with every storm, calm, sunrise or cloudy day. It was, to me, a very special part of God’s creation. I totally understand your desire, after so many years, to return to the water. I’m glad you made it! Your Mercer friend, -Joe-

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