Good Evening, God
My wonderful husband Kit and I were out for our morning walk when my eye was caught by this shower tree blossom. I was delighted! And then it hit me! It was delighted to be noticed!
It made me think of the quote from William Butler Yeats:
The World is filled with Magical Things
patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
Perhaps, God, all creation is waiting for us to “notice?” Waiting for our senses to grow sharper and our hearts larger? And not just beautiful things, God — all things! If trees and plants, enjoy being noticed, then how much more all of us Creatures enjoy being noticed.
Noticers? Is that a category? Maybe even a spiritual gift? I discovered a few years ago that one of my gifts was being An Encourager. My mother was clearly an Appreciator, while my father was an Enjoyer. Hmm. I am not sure if Enjoyer is officially listed as a spiritual gift? I think it is . . . but like all gifts is best used under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
But back to noticing. I will often do it by commenting on a new blouse or new hairdo. It basically mean: I SEE YOU! Oh yes, that wonderful quote from Paul Watslavick: The Primary Purpose of Human Communication is to Confirm our Existence as Human Beings.
That is what noticing does — confirms our existence. There are folks who seem to think negative noticing is better than NO noticing. That seems so sad, God. It seems as if they are not getting the emotional nourishment they need.
HMM. Golly, God, I have been making the assumption that noticing — seeing — is basically positive. But, now that I am thinking about it . . . it may very well depend on the orientation of the one who is noticing
Ah yes. Our gifts are to be used with Your guidance.