It has been a very busy summer here on the farm. We’ve been adding critters left and right…or so it seems. Piglets born in February, April, and July. A calf born in April. New chicks arriving non-stop for two weeks in June. I do believe we are done for awhile. During these busy times it is sometimes hard to slow down and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us even in the busy times.
During this hectic time I have taken my camera along to capture some of these treasured moments and I have shared them with my Facebook friends and family. They are bombarded with pictures of glistening spider webs in the early morning sunshine, wildflowers swaying in the gentle breeze, new chick pictures almost daily filling their newsfeed. There are pictures of colorful bugs and slimy slugs. Images of pig snouts, mushroom sprouts, and wooded turn-outs. The list goes on of the natural beauty that I capture with my camera during the most mundane tasks of farming.
Why do I take the time to capture these images? Why do I continually post these images to Facebook? Why do people continue to look at such ordinary images? I’ll tell you what I think – I think that many people are not in a position to see the beauty in the ordinary. They live in cities devoid of endless variety of natural life. They are busy running from home to job to shuffling kids around to endless sports activities. They live lives that are removed from the rhythm of nature and the heartbeat of country life. I think in some small way I am bringing the beautiful into their lives – encouraging them to stop and see the intricacies of creation all around them.
I hope in some small way I am helping others to see a loving Creator that thoughtfully planned a beautiful world for His creatures to enjoy. Take a moment and look around you as you go out your door tomorrow. See what beauty is in your own backyard – and relish every moment.