Sunday, August 15, 2010

Taking things for granted

I live in an amazing home. My apartment sits halfway up a mountain overlooking Port au Prince. I can see the city and the sea beyond. We have a lovely saltwater swimming pool with a waterfall, surrounded by flowers and hummingbirds! Yesterday I had the chance to see it all through new eyes, as we had friends over. We did appetizers by the pool, dinner in the garden, and late-night chats on the roof and in our flat. Everyone was in awe.

I'm no longer in awe. I want to be. I know it's beautiful, and some days the rain and the sun and the city dance in truly fabulous ways. But because it's what I see every day, I don't stop to lose myself in the beauty anymore. Some days, when there's a particularly impressive sunset, I do. Sunsets can do that. But otherwise, it's just home now.

So maybe it's a good thing I'm leaving. For some reason God created us to take awesomeness in small doses, and I really don't want to take it for granted.

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