Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Simplicity is Ultimate Sophistication

"The way I see it, every life is pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always  soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant." -The Doctor ("Vincent and the Doctor", Doctor Who)

Last week, I had the opportunity to spend five days with a eleven remarkable young ladies at church camp. It was loads of fun from playing crazy games where we got blasted by a fire hose and drenched in mud to hanging (literally from the bunk beds) out in our room laughing hysterically to standing in God's presence, lifting our arms in worship and singing with everything in us. It was spectacular and I would not have traded that week for the world.
Me (in the orange) with some of the girls from camp &
 some girls from church who picked us up on the last day.

As the week progressed, I found myself taking in every moment. I soaked it all in like a giant sponge. I felt content with these girls. Yes, at times I had to order them to clean their stinky clothes off the floor or get out of bed to go eat breakfast or change into their messy clothes for Smash Hour. But it was fantastic.

And while camp had many "big picture" moments with the evening services or hearing the team placements at the end, many of the things I focused on were the simple things. Laughing with the girls as I stood with my legs stretched between two bunk beds. Taking a moment to pray over one of the girls during service or looking around at the kids worshiping God. Walking back from a crazy day of water and mud games, chanting, and running around a field and seeing the kids talking to one another. Watching the older girls interact with the younger girls, befriending them and helping them. Eating meals with the girls and hearing them talk about the day, about their food, about the letters they received from home, about things that had nothing to do with camp but still put a smile on their faces.

These things gave me the opportunity to look at the world in a new light. To see the miracles and beauty surrounding us in small details of every life. Perhaps in a rain storm, the way the rain hits the roof or slides down the windows or wets the pavement. Perhaps in the way a bee buzzes too close to your ear on its way to the nearest pink flower.

The way the wind blows through the trees, passing through every branch and leaf, tugging at your hair and clothes. The small laughter of a child as he looks up at you smiling wide and hugging his skinny arms around your legs. The shine of the moon against a dark sky filled with passing clouds. The crack of a bat hitting a baseball to the sky. The soft turnings of a book being read nearby. Someone breathing because he or she is sitting next to you just simply living.

Life surrounds us with small details that we will miss if we are not looking. There is beauty all around us, in even the most simple of things and moments. Don't let it pass by without taking a moment to notice, to savor it, and to allow your mind to remember the good things in life.

"And above all watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." -Roald Dahl

-Jaguar Hero!

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