When we first moved to our current home, I needed a floor mat to go in front of my kitchen sink. I picked out the above at the local Walmart. (I say local, but it's about 25 miles away). I decided I liked it so much, I actually bought two of them exactly the same to use in my kitchen. I walk on them every day...stand on one or the other to wash the dishes, make the coffee or tea in the morning, or just stand in place to look out the window and watch the birds. I've had these cushiony floor mats for about two years, and I just realized something tonight.
What do you see in this picture? Yes, there is a bicycle decked out with geraniums. There's an old wooden barrel topped with pots of summer flowers, a cobblestone walkway...and the most obvious, but until tonight I was oblivious...there is a "Closed Door", and an "Open Window"...Okay, maybe the window isn't really open, but you can see through it...and it has a lovely view looking out onto the world. That qualifies it as "open" to me.
This floor mat that I comfort my feet upon every day is a representation of this very blog..."Closed Doors, Open Windows"...and I never realized it until today!
Perhaps that is the subliminal reason I purchased this particular mat in the first place...and then even went back for the second one not long after! I was so thrilled that they still had another just like it!
This got me to thinking...how often do we overlook, walk over, stand upon, and possibly even ignore things of beauty and value that are right before our eyes? I wonder if we even miss obvious messages...or answers to our prayers...because we are too busy to notice...or too preoccupied to pay attention to the things/ones that really matter?
Think it over...look around you...look under your feet...look out your "open window" on the world. You may be surprised at what (or who!?) as been there all along, just waiting for you to notice.
That's all for tonight...just this little lesson from my floor mat.
(It seems like I've seen that somewhere before! I wonder where it was????) Have a blessed day, my friends...and don't forget to take a look around you...and give thanks for what you see!