The Beautiful Gifts of our Beautiful God

Now that I’m back in Cambodia, I’m starting to find routine again. I don’t want it to be the same routine I had before leaving, though. I want to make a point of noticing the beauty around me.

I want to take time to make myself a cup of honey-lemon hot water in the morning and thank God for it. I want to pray for my students, their parents, my bosses and my coworkers as I drive to work. I want to clean my house and cook my meals to worship music.

Photography credit: My mom!

When I was in high school, I think I had this subconscious mindset of “life will really begin when I graduate.” Since graduating, I’ve viewed my life as being divided into short seasons according to when I’ve started jobs, moved houses or engaged in new ministries. With the turn of life seasons never being more than a few months ahead, I think I’ve continued to live as though life will begin in earnest once I’ve rounded the next corner or two, and that’s when I’ll engage in it the most fully.

It took me a long time to realize this about myself. If someone had told me about it a few months ago, I’m not sure I would have agreed or even understood. But now I’m noticing one idea that I was living by that shows the truth of the matter: I kept living in survival mode – as though, since the end of the season was in sight, I would just cling to the present mundane routine until it was over. Then I would live passionately.

Now I see that there’s beauty to enjoy now.

There’s beauty to enjoy while I’m working a job that I don’t feel passionate about. There’s beauty to enjoy while I’m not sure what country I’ll be in two years down the road. There’s beauty to enjoy while I wish I had more time to read and write and cook. There’s beauty to enjoy while I feel like I need more hours in a day.

There are sights and sounds and tastes to thank God for. There are people – precious souls – to smile at and thank for their time. There are meals to nourish our body and give us the strength we need to transition from task to task. There are hours of sleep each night and the quiet moments of the morning or day to meet with God.

There’s His Word.

And every thing of beauty is a small reflection of the Creator, telling us from a unique angle – if we’ll listen – something about the Wellspring of beauty. I want to notice these.

Life has already started. God’s graces are already around us. Let’s notice them, let’s consider what they teach us about His character, and let’s worship Him.

In closing:

The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty;

the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength;

indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.

Your throne was established long ago;

you are from all eternity.

The seas have lifted up, LORD,

the seas have lifted up their voice;

the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,

mightier than the breakers of the sea –

the LORD on high is mighty.

Your statutes, LORD, stand firm;

holiness adorns your house

for endless days.

-Psalm 93


Do you relate?

  • Do you feel like life will begin in earnest at your next important milestone? Does life currently feel too monotonous to enjoy God’s gifts?
  • Where do you see God’s beauty most spectacularly?
  • What are some evidences of His beauty that you – or people in general – tend to overlook?
  • What are you thankful for right now?

PS – I want to acknowledge all the wonderful people who have commented on my blog and haven’t heard back from me. I haven’t forgotten you, and I plan to prove it by responding to you soon!


6 thoughts on “The Beautiful Gifts of our Beautiful God

  1. I guess I’ve had those moments when I’ve thought that life would be more interesting or whatnot at a certain point in my life, that when I’m older then I’d be able to serve God better….. but that’s not true. We can serve God at any point in our lives if we just move to action. There’s a song by Casting Crowns called Thrive and it says we’re made to do more than just survive, we were made to thrive.
    I think it’s really easy to live life like we’re just getting by, surviving, not really doing much worth while….. but that’s not the life we’re called to live.
    Thanks for this reminder Jordy! There can be beauty everywhere we look 🙂


    1. I quite like the song you mentioned! I was even thinking of it as I wrote the post. Actually, I almost linked to it, and then forgot!

      I love that there’s no minimum age requirement to start living for eternity. As soon as the Holy Spirit starts working in our hearts to stir us, we can choose to respond.

      Thanks for dropping by again, Sarah! I love to hear your thoughts.


  2. This might be my favourite of your posts, Jordy. I guess I relate to it a lot – that feeling of waiting for life to begin when a certain season is over. It’s a lesson I really need to hear right now, because I’m in a situation where I want to do something, but I have to finish commitments first. It’s so easy to be gloomy and disgruntled, despising the commitments that tie me down. But God can still reveal Himself through them. He can still use them to help me grow, if I let Him. They can still be a blessing if I change my focus.

    Sorry to talk about myself so much! I really appreciate your honesty in sharing, and it was a timely message to me. I’m glad you’re learning to find joy and communion with God in the small moments, and thanks for sharing it with us. You’re a blessing. 🙂


    1. You’re such an encouragement, Jess! (I’ve told you that many times; I hope it doesn’t feel old to hear it again!) But really, I guess that shows God working in ways I couldn’t have planned since I had no idea you were living that. That’s something I couldn’t rightly take credit for. (As a side note, isn’t that something about eternal-minded blogging? We can guess, but we never know which posts God will use to inspire others.)

      I get what you mean about having commitments to finish. Whenever I think about my future, I envisage myself tying of those connections neatly when the time comes and then *really* beginning at the start of the phase that I’m excited about. But now part of me wonders if there will always be one commitment or another that seems to make things drag? If that’s the case, then we could be waiting in never-ending expectation. And then, of course, there’s the fact that we could be living abundant life now.

      Your comment made me smile; thanks for writing it!


  3. Wow…. this is something that has been heavy on my mind lately, so I definitely relate. A lot of what Sarah and Jessica said in their comments are my thoughts as well, so I won’t say them again… Wonderful thoughts, Jordy, and I’m glad to see you’re back. xx


    1. Thanks for your note, Emily! As I said to Jessica – and you would know this through your own blogging experience – when we write eternal-minded posts we never know which ones others will relate to or which ones God will use to inspire others or make them think. That’s something I can’t take credit for. He works skillfully!

      Again, thanks for dropping by and letting me know you came. 🙂 I’m glad to be connecting with you again. It feels like it’s been a while!


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