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But Have You Noticed?

“When I want to take God at His word exactly, I take a peep out the window at His Creation. Because that, darling, He makes fresh for us every day, without a lot of dubious middle managers.”

– Barbara Kingsolver

Social distancing is official. Groups sizes now limited to twenty.

But have you noticed the Missouri primrose? Their seed packets are like giant star-shaped purses! Hear the rattle? See the seeds? What a genuine surprise! Take some home and plant a new thing.

Group sizes down to ten. Why is finding baking soda such a mammoth endeavor?

But have you noticed the temperature? And the date on the calendar? The equinox is here, and we can go walking every day! What a perfect season to be alive.

I am lonely, I am scared. And now the earth is quaking.

But have you noticed the bright green hues of rain-soaked lawns? Have you fingered the soft soil? Your child’s happiness is commensurate with the amount of soil trapped underneath her fingernails.

The parks are caution-taped. Even the swings! And still no dry beans.

But have you noticed the goats that live on the corner? They jump and bleat and make you laugh! And not one block away: pussy-willow.

The library is officially closed. How we long for fresh stories!

But how nice it felt to get caught in the rain today! Even the hail, stinging your hands, brought sensation and feeling and zest for life.

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At the final evaluation of every day, God wins my attention. As long as there are windows and doors, grass and trees, I can hear the Creator’s voice.

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Jenny Harris
Jenny is a star-gazing, book-clubbing mother of two. She has a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, which is mildly comical (but also a boon in parenting and relationships). Her kids will attest that she’s crazy about reading aloud, time out of doors, and creative play. Her family’s goal is the “abundant life,” as prescribed by Jesus. You can read more posts by Jenny here.

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