I hope your November is off to a beautiful start! I know as I’ve been pondering and writing how I’ve seen the Lord’s hand in my life, it’s helped me to see it more abundantly.
I thought it’d be fun to try something new- since this blog is brand new and all, I guess anything is new. But I wanted to post a little series along with the challenge of filling our lives with more gratitude by seeing God’s hand every day. This week, I’ll post a special guest’s thoughts and ideas about gratitude and light- how they go hand-in-hand.
Today’s special guest is Sarah Jane, an author/illustrator, storyteller, artist and the creative mind behind Sarah Jane Studios. Most importantly though, she’s a wife and mother- “just a normal mama”, as she told me. Her thoughts about gratitude are beautiful.
“Gratitude is everything. I find that in life you find what you are looking for. If you are looking for validation for your fears, you’ll find it. If you are looking for goodness all around you, you’ll find it.
Gratitude for me is like a lens to see your life, and when you look through that lens, there is always the silver lining. There is always light. There is always hope. It takes me out of my darkness and into a place of far more possibility.”
So profound, right?! I love the analogy of gratitude being like a lens to see our life. It made me think of my “nice” camera.
I still use the lens it came with and while it’s great and takes better pictures than my phone, that lens doesn’t allow the camera to totally live up to its capabilities. I have friends with similar cameras who DO have a really nice (or “fancy” as I like to call it) lens. Although we have the same camera capabilities, it isn’t until they place their fancy lens on, that they are able to capture truly beautiful pictures! We can be looking at the SAME exact tree, and one camera captures or “sees” it completely different than the other.
The reason that the camera with the “fancy” lens sees the same tree differently than my camera with its original lens is because the “fancy” lens takes in more light, exposes the best of what its capturing and therefore produces the most beauty. That’s the key! Gratitude is that lens that allows more light into our lives! That place of “far more possibility” that Sarah mentioned is within reach, friends! It’s just a matter of seeing what we already have been given from the Lord, recognizing it, and that’s what will take us there- to that place of greater possibility, greater happiness and greater opportunity to thrive.
When we apply that “fancy” lens called gratitude to our own life, things are captured in a different light and become even more beautiful than when we look without a grateful heart.
Let’s all take a moment to ponder this today and ask ourselves, “How can I use my ‘gratitude lens’ to see the Lord’s hand in my life?” I know as we look through that lens, we will see all the light and good that fills each of our lives.
I hope you enjoyed reading Sarah’s thoughts as much as I did and can ponder on them today as you continue your focus on gratitude! Please leave your thoughts below! We all benefit from sharing with one another.
Thanks, Sarah, for sharing your beautiful heart!