Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Satisfied with the Simple

After installing a new app on my iPad, I noticed an old art app that I hadn't used in a year. I started playing with it, and the picture on this post emerged. I was lost for an hour in the joy of creating. I loved the watercolor-like feel of the art program. How had I forgotten I had such a wonderful app?

This same syndrome occurs with my closet. Sometimes I will "rediscover" an old dress, or pair of shoes I had forgotten I had, and fall in love with it all over again. I then vow (again) to reduce, reuse, recycle...and promise myself I will live more simply, more contentedly with what I have. But then, it seems I soon forget and the clutter grows.

After my recent visit to Turtle Island Preserve (http://www.turtleislandpreserve.com/), I am determined (again) to be more satisfied with the simple bounty God provides each day in every beautiful forest, every glorious sunset, to simplify my life and clean out the closets. I have so much, and yet there seems to always be a desire for more. I hate this tendency and have to fight against it continually.

Like in so many of my failings, I find I cannot do it on my own power. Being content, truly content, is something I lean heavily upon God for. I am content for periods, but not for eternity. Not yet. Free me, Lord, from this constant wanting! Let me appreciate more fully the overwhelming abundance of what I have, not the least of which is your incomprehensible Love.

If therefore the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (John 8:36 ASV)

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