Beauty Finds A Way

Last year — and the year before — this beautiful fungus appeared. Previously it grew out of the top of the stump, but this year its appearance has gone south, literally. It is different, but still beautiful. Its circumstances have changed, but it hangs onto purpose and sends up the usual frills. Perhaps it mourns the loss of position, but it makes the best of the situation and carries on. Beauty always finds a way.

Natural beauty! This fungi is a woodland masterpiece on a rainy morning.

We were sitting on the screened porch listening to night noises when he sighed — heavily — and leaned back in his chair. “What’s wrong?” I asked.

“I didn’t get anything done I wanted to get done today! Instead, I spent the day fixing everything else that went wrong.”

We were blessed with an inch and a half of rain but also discovered a drain was clogged, and then the sump wasn’t working, and so on and so forth.

“Let it go. Let it roll right off. There’s time for the other stuff.”

“Yeah, but ‘The List'” he interrupted.

The List. There will always be a list — at home, at work, for life. There are rules and expectations and commandments. We will never accomplish everything on our lists, but we must give it our all and try hard. After that? Relax.

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

We were born to do and make and create and build. We are dreamers and seekers and determined beings bent on making things happen. Sometimes we have to let expectations go, though — with one caveat. We must diligently give it our all, first. Do your best, with the best of intentions, and then? Rest. Be at peace. See the beauty. And when you are hard-pressed on every side, do not despair. Be thankful that you were given these responsibilities — that YOU are the person who handles those particular details. It’s a shift in thinking.

The items on the list aren’t burdens, they’re blessings.

Water in the basement? A challenge to fix, but a reminder that we are blessed with a home, that we have the hands and the mind to find a solution.

Ten errands to run and two hours to do it? Count your blessings: you have a vehicle, you have friends or family who depend on you, you have the ingenuity to accomplish a lot in a little time.

“Thou wilt show me the path of life: in they presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11

As I drove up the steep, gravel road on the way to my next “to-do” I spied a bit of beauty: the stump and its fungus. To the stump, it probably feels like a burden. To the rest of the world? A thing of beauty, a reason to pause and appreciate something unexpected.

Beauty at work.


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    Susanne Kinghorn August 8, 2016 (2:03 pm)

    Hi Jennifer – – thank you for sharing the verse from 2 Cor, okay -actually both – – there’ve been hard things in life lately – – focusing on things above and not of this world, but some days seem to weigh down harder than others. Thankful for this place to visit thankful for your good words.

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    Tie Down Straps September 2, 2016 (1:47 am)

    Agree. Beauty does find a way. It’s also a choice—to look for beauty in everything.

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    Lisa October 10, 2016 (3:50 pm)

    This blog is always a good reminder to slow down. Thanks for writing it. 🙂