Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Beauty in the Corn Rows (Repost)

Driving around our little country town this weekend you could see the corn just starting to pop up in the fields.  We've had ideal planting and growing conditions so far, so it seems like the little plants popped up almost overnight.  I remembered back to our first spring in rural Illinois and thought I'd re-share my thoughts with you.  Make sure you take a moment today to stop, look around at the new life all around you, and thank the creator.  

Beauty in the Corn Rows
Originally posted May 23, 2013

It's our first spring in the Illinois valley. It's beautiful down here: lush green, black soil, blue sky. Last week the farmers finally got a chance to plant their corn. Ava, Maddie, and I got to watch their progress on our way in and out of Tiskilwa each day. Most of the corn is already up. I snapped this picture this morning coming back from dropping Maddie off at school:
It's not much at first glance.  You can see the tiny corn sprouts growing.  From this angle, it looks rather messy and random.

Here's what happens when you turn 45 degrees, though:
Perfect rows. Simple, neat, beautiful. You can tell the skilled farmer took care to plant his seeds.  

Isn't life kind of like that? Our lives can seem weedy and random. We struggle to find beauty in the mess. But sometimes if we change our perspective, we can see the outlines of a bigger, more complete picture.  

What unexpected places are you finding beauty lately? Could changing your angle change your outlook?

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