Henri Nouwen writes, "We don't have to go far to find the treasure we are seeking. There is beauty and goodness right where we are. And only when we can see the beauty and goodness that are close by can we recognize beauty and goodness on our travels far and wide. There are trees and flowers to enjoy, paintings and sculptures to admire; most of all there are people who smile, play, and show kindness and gentleness. They are all around us, to be recognized as free gifts to receive in gratitude."
How many times have we simply walked passed a rose bush and never stopped to smell the blooms on the branches? Are they invisible? Do we fear getting stuck by the thorns? How is this reflective in our society and how we see other people? Perhaps too often we succumb to the grim news that always seems to grab our attention. Perhaps it has made us blind to the true beauty that surrounds us everyday. In people, places and things. But Jesus healed the blind, yes?
Nouwen concludes, "Our temptation is to collect all the beauty and goodness surrounding us as helpful information we can use for our projects. But then we cannot enjoy it, and we soon find that we need a vacation to restore ourselves. Let's try to see the beauty and goodness in front of us before we go elsewhere to look for it."
If we simply open our eyes, to allow ourselves to be healed from our blindness, we will begin to see God in a new light. An active God participating in all that we do. An ever present God who is inscribed on the hearts of every one we meet. A blessed God who created all the beautiful flowers and who put us in charge to cultivate all the goodness around us.