Hold on, let me take a picture.

I just went for a walk. The intention was to just step outside for a minute, but it's a beautiful morning so I went for a walk in my joggers, flip flops and Dallas Cowboys baseball tee... hair looking wild cause I have been up since 5am, but I've only been reading and drinking coffee, not planning on a walk through my neighborhood. 

We live close to the lake, like really close. So I walked towards the lake. At 6:30am on a Thursday it's quiet in my neighborhood. A couple of cars drove past on their way to work but that's it. Just me. 

I got to the lake and it was serene. Just still water like glass. The early morning sun and all of it's colors through the few clouds that were in the sky just reflecting. Yellow, blue, purple, orange and all of those nameless colors that seem to fill the gaps in the sky just reflecting off the dark glassy canvas of the lake. It was beautiful.

And in that moment, as I noticed the beauty. Enough beauty to make my brain stop and think, "Wow, that's gorgeous", all I wanted to do was pull out my phone and take a picture; but I didn't have my phone. The distraction of wanting to take a picture was enough for me to glance away from a once in a lifetime beauty and be distracted.

And then I took a breath.

I thanked God for the moment.

I stood still.

Not worrying about the phone. 

Just me and the work of art on the water. 

Some moments seem more important than others in life. As if God, who is always with us, just kind of gives us a nudge and says, "Hey, I'm here. Be aware." Just a reminder of the presence that is always there. 

Being present in the moment. 

Being aware of the divine on the water.

Being aware of the joy in my kids' faces when I get home.

Being aware of the pain in a friend's voice.

Being aware... We need milestones that remind us to be aware. Being aware and present. Being aware of THE PRESENCE. These are vital for a full life. 

Take a moment to reflect or the last time that you were genuinely aware and present. That you were aware of the presence of God. Not like in a church setting where you're "supposed" to be aware; but in the mundane everyday things. When was the last time you were aware of the presence while mowing the yard, sweeping the kitchen, going for a walk, driving down the road, sitting at your desk at work, anything that seems to be trivial... when was the last time that God stopped you and said, "Hey, I'm here. Be aware."

Chances are, he has said it way more than you've heard it. 

“That we should establish ourselves in a sense of GOD’S Presence, by continually conversing with Him. That it was a shameful thing to quit His conversation, to think of trifles and fooleries. That we should feed”
— Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
It's all around...

It's all around...

What good is a new heart if you can't live?