Walking along the trail, I looked to my left. What I saw stopped me in my tracks. There, only ten to twelve feet away, stood four white-tailed deer, staring at me. I stopped, breathless, and stared back at them. They stood so close I could see the black markings on their faces. Behind them, on the other side of the creek, stood another deer. Five pairs of liquid brown eyes never wavered from my face. I could see the question in their eyes: should we run or stay? I whispered to them, “You are so beautiful.” Enjoying their exquisiteness for as long as I dared, I lingered for a few more seconds, then continued walking. What a stunning, unexpected blessing this was.
God provides many unexpected blessings on our life’s walk, if only we have eyes to see. How often do we pray to God and then fail to notice how He answers our prayers? How often do we fail to appreciate the ordinary, beautiful things that are all around us? The innocence of children, the fragrance of a flower, the beauty of a bright blue sky, the majesty of a thunderstorm: all of these are gifts from God. The blessings are there all along; we just fail to observe them. The deer were in the forest all along; I just happened to look over at the last minute to see them. Perhaps we would “see” more blessings if we opened our eyes to all that is around us.
Are you keeping your eyes open for those unexpected blessings?
What unexpected blessings have you experienced recently?