Saturday, October 27, 2012


Texture. One of the things I love about nature is the vast array of textures we can discover if we take the time to look. My cell phone gallery holds a small treasure of my “texture pictures”.

While exploring a field with three of my grandsons, I beamed with pride as my ten year old exclaimed, “Grandma, look! Texture! Take a picture of it!” His “find” was the dry, cracked earth pictured here. Other discoveries that afternoon included a few clean bones, a rusty blade from an old plow, a variety of sticks and rocks, and some concrete and gravel cylinders they cracked into disks. Yes, they’re all now on my cell phone. The disks provided abundant entertainment as they repeatedly rolled them down a steep hill and raced them to the bottom. As I stood there on the hilltop in a jacket, shivering, they ran and laughed and bonded, wearing short-sleeved t-shirts, insisting they weren’t cold at all.

Another mystical attraction that I suppose demands the attention of most young boys: mud. Lots of thick, deep mud. If they were my own little boys, they’d have been wearing cheap, old sneakers. But they’re grandsons who wear Nike running shoes. I cautioned them not to step in it; their moms might not have appreciated the fun we were having as much as we did. As I wound up a short phone call, I turned to see that one of them just couldn’t resist the temptation. He planted one foot and then the other right in the middle of the rich, deep mud…then he grinned from ear to ear. It slurped up over his shoes and threatened to suck his socks off. I shook my head and tried not to laugh.

We shaved off a few minutes of fun so we could run back to my house before I took them home. I washed the pricey shoes in my kitchen sink after we scraped off the mud with sticks. Fortunately, his mom took it in stride and all was well.

God loves our childlikeness, in it we become Christlike. Let your sight be tempted today. Go for a walk – do a little exploring of your own, even if you don’t step in the mud. Look for texture. Maybe take pictures.

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:20 (NLT)