This is the first post in a 31 day series called "Seeing The Art in Everyday Life". I am linking up with The Nester as well as 1,500 other bloggers taking on this writing challenge for the month of October! To see every essay in this series, scroll to the bottom of this post.
Yesterday, from a quiet hotel room in Indianapolis, my cell phone alarm went off at 4:30am. I had stayed awake till midnight the night before gabbing with my Influence Conference roommates and was now feeling the effects of a weekend filled to the brim with non-stop social interaction, new faces, new spirit-filled revelations, and a whole lot of note-taking. Now, as I sat up groggy in bed trying not to wake the other girls up, my weariness hit hard.
I made my way downstairs and quietly crawled into the airport shuttle van. I stared out the window at the darkness and quietness of the morning but wondered why in the world I had booked such an early flight. I was feeling eager to see my family, but grateful for a couple more hours alone for some non-verbal processing. As I groggily made it through airport security and the finding of my gate, I eventually found my way to seat 8F. Here I decided I would close my eyes and hope to take a quick nap before landing in Philadelphia. The cabin was so quiet and dark. And I was really glad I had gotten a window seat so I could curl my knees up to my chest and lean my head against the window. Soon enough, we were in the air.
And just as I was ready to close my heavy eyes, I was pondering what I could possibly write about for this 31 Days series. What would keep me excited for an entire month? What would God want to teach me through this challenge? And as these thoughts swirled, I peered out the window to see one of the most breathtaking sites I have ever seen.
I was quite literally watching the sun rise from above the clouds. The sky was the most radiant shades of purple, pink, orange and teal. The clouds looked like a rolling ocean of pure white waves. I sat straight up, rubbed my eyes and took it all in. Was this real?? I scanned the plane for other passengers in as much shock as I was. In my head I'm screaming, "DOES ANYONE ELSE SEE THIS?! IS ANYONE ELSE FREAKING OUT OVER GOD'S RIDICULOUS ARTISTRY?!" But all I saw were sleepy faces with eyes closed or eyes focused on their books. Was this show just for me? Was this God's way of saying "Good Morning Bri, I love you."? I may never know. But I'll never ever forget it.
If you ever have the opportunity to book a flight at 6:30am, I highly recommend it! Because it hit me -- this sunrise show actually happens every single day. But how many times do I choose to sleep through it? How many times am I too busy to notice the countless artful gifts that my heavenly father creates for me on a daily basis? How many times do I forget that my children, my home, my words, and the way I live my life, are all forms of art -- created by a master artist who is infinitely more creative than our human minds can comprehend. What if I opened my eyes a bit more and asked Him to reveal it to me in a new way?
So this is where my 31 Days focus will be -- Seeing the Art in Everyday Life. I'm going to be intentional about looking for art in the moments I may least expect it. Like 6:30am flights. But here's the thing - they don't all have to be majestic shows of nature. They can simply be ordinary moments seen with a new lens. That's the true beauty of life. I will plan to journal my finds here in the form of words, photos, music or anything else that moves me.
I hope you'll join me, and perhaps the 1,500 other bloggers taking on their own topics for the month.
Day 1 // The Art in a 6:30am Flight
Day 2 // Real Life is not like the Movies
Day 3 // More Time Does Not Equal more Creativity
Day 4 // The Art of Embracing Responsibility
Day 5 // The Flow of Our Day is a Rhythm
Day 6 // When Beautiful Lyrics are kept Top of Mind
Day 7 // Pretty Clutter
Day 8 // A Woman's Influence on the World
Day 9 // Fall Picnic
Day 10 // Kindergarten Sociology
Day 11 // Look right in front of you
Day 12 // Just Showing Up
Day 13 // The Mind, the Heart, and the Body
Day 14 // A Quintessential Tool for Capturing Everyday Art
Day 15 // Four Years
Day 16 // Trade Agreement
Day 17 // In Which I am a Hypocrite
Day 18 // Friday Love
Day 19 // Endless Ocean
Day 20 // Sometimes Magic Happens
Day 21 // Breakfast Banana Splits
Day 22 // Reading & Listening
Day 23 // Just a Sigh can Move His Heart
Day 24 // My Everyday Natural Makeup Routine
Day 25 // The Art in an Empty Sink
Day 26 // A Miraculous Concept
Day 27 // Family Nap Sundays
Day 28 // All Things Sparkly & Radiant
Day 29 // Slow Cooker Recipe + Two Ways to Serve it
Day 30 // Artful Links to Love
Day 31 // What I Learned