Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sometimes, it's better to look up.

I was running the other morning and admiring the beautiful sunrise we were having in West Dallas. Despite the rampant ugliness that plagues this part of the city, we do have some of the best sunrises and sunsets I've ever seen. It's probably the pollution, but I always think God is giving us a wink when He blesses us with His artistry, especially in the morning when few are even awake to appreciate it.

These sunrises are definitely a distraction for me because when I look down, I can get focused on the decay, the trash, and other miscellaneous stuff I find on the road.

Like this...

Yes, that's some Mary Jane, you know, reefer, hooch, weed, pot, homegrown...

Just a lyin' in the street- waitin' for some kid to find it and decide he wants to give it a try.

I picked it up and brought it home to flush it and then kept running, thanking the Lord for His presence, His help, and His sunrise.

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary (and sometimes contraband), but what is unseen is eternal. "

8 comments:

Kori said...

Geez I can't believe they just leave it on the sidewalk like that. Crazy just crazy. But it's so nice that we can always see the light of God no matter where we may run.

emily said...

That showed great restraint on your part- I wonder how much you could have gotten for that??? I kid.

Way to go!!

Holli said...

are you sure you went back out running or where you flying high?
ok so I don't even know if that is how you would feel:)?! when I first looked at the picture before reading I thought it was bird seed:).

JB said...

Ha!!! I can see you now...sweet little runner Melissa (props to you for the early run, btw) just keeps on a-goin with a bag of the devil's lettuce in her running shorts. Ha!!!

You rock.

Colored With Memories said...

Glad you didn't get a little ride to the station and a posession charge!

Mrs. Troop said...

So hard to keep our focus on heavenly things with so many earthly distractions!
That's quite a story!

Sarah said...

I know you have said before that it is hard to always keep the right perspective....but you are such an encouragement to me because I think my blog would be a somber depressing collection of posts if I was in your shoes. Thank you for keeping your eyes on the One Who has your world under control, and for sharing your life!
(And I too am glad that you were not picked up running with that stuff! :-)

Kristi J said...

So, I've just found your blog from Emily's blog. So..are you her husband's sister?? I love your posts...you're a great writer. I also have 4 little ones...a 6 yr. old, a 4 , a 3 and a 1 yr. old. We're adopting #5 from Ethiopia...that is how I found Emily. I look forward to hearing more about your life in the "hood". Kristi johnson