The eclipse on Monday was absolutely beautiful! Breathtaking! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see from my own backyard that I will never forget. It's funny (or sad) that leading up to the actual day, I really didn't understand what all the hype was about. In my mind I couldn’t grasp why people would be willing to travel or make special plans to be in the path of totality for the sole purpose of watching the eclipse.

It was a wonder to see, from the crescent shadows on the ground and to the fading light. The cheers that erupted out of the people around me during totality surprised me. But when you think about it, how could you not cheer? How could you not praise, cheer and be in awe of the Creator that caused this wonder to happen?

And then the sun peaked back out and it was light again. A few hours later and a glance through the special glasses wouldn’t even hint that something out of the ordinary had happened at all that day. Visitors left. People went back to work. Life went on.

But friends, let us not forget this experience! I want to encourage you to see the unique beauty in each day. Maybe it's a pot of flowers blooming on your neighbor's front porch. Maybe it's a meal shared with friends or family. Maybe it's a smile or a hug. For me it was found unexpectedly while weeding. I came across the flower pictured here. There’s nothing colorful or vibrant about this flower. No life left in it. But the story it tells of its Creator is what captured my attention. The delicate details and the thoughtful care of how this particular flower was designed are what make it beautiful. And its Creator – my Creator – has done that careful, beautiful, and intricate design in you and me. He has done that with the earth around us and the sky above us, too. 

Let's look around and open our eyes again to the beauty around us. And let's praise our Creator! 

Stacey Butenschoen
For Women's Ministry