My sleepy eyes fluttered open to the early morning light flooding my bedroom. This was unusual as it is normally dark when I get up. But on this day, I had slept in. I savored the moment snuggled deep beneath the warm covers. My cat purred softly while curled up next to me on one side. My husband slumbered peacefully on the other side—his breathing deep and steady as his chest rose and fell in even increments.
Most mornings, I turn off the alarm and roll out of bed, blindly feeling my way to the light switch. Today, however, the room was bright. I peeked over the top of the down comforter, and my gaze locked on the view beyond the framed window pane. The most beautiful fall color pallet had been brushed across the wooded tree line that filled the framed window … gold, orange, red, yellow, brown, burgundy, green. All swirled together and were lit up by the morning sunshine. It was absolutely stunning.
Had I not slept in, I would have missed this moment. Perhaps I might have missed it anyway because most mornings my mind is already churning with the day’s agenda when I arise. But on this day, I was blessed with my Master’s creation. He painted this work of art, this masterpiece, just for me. I took the time to enjoy it. As I basked in His love, I thanked God for giving me such a priceless gift: a world filled with beauty.
What gift has God given you today? A gift only you could recognize. A gift just for you. Don’t miss it. Look for the gifts God gives so freely, and once you find them, take time to appreciate them. Bask in His love. You deserve it. You are His child.
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