Last night my husband and I went out for ice cream; he decided to stop at CVS on the way home. As we left the store I looked to the western sky and saw layers, streamers actually, of bright pink, along with hints faded mauve, rich blue fading into darkness. It was gorgeous, so I did what was most natural to me… I reached for my iPhone and realized that I did not have it.
There I was left to do what truly was natural. I watched the sky for a moment, taking a photo with my eyes, stored in my heart and mind. My gratitude was great for this visual gift, even if I could not preserve it for eternity via Instagram.
This morning, the dog needed to go out and it was still pretty early. I’m not even sure what time it was. 6-ish? We simply walked around the yard and when I looked to the east what did I see but a red sky to beat the band. The pink and rose colored hues were not like anything I had seen around here. I moved forward on the lawn, towards the street, to get a better view east. What saw between two trees blew my mind. In between two trees, the sky glowed pink in a fashion unknown to me. I simply stood there, thanking God and taking it all in again.
Seconds later, I walked inside, grabbed my phone and returned to the front yard.
What the what?
Nothing. I mean – nothing. Gray, cloudy sky with not even a hint of pink. I walked to the street, looking between the two trees. Moments ago remarkable pink sky glowed there. Now – gray. Not even a hint of pink. Nothing.
It was only a matter of maybe two or three minutes.
My observation is this – I am grateful that I stood to observe the sky instead of running in to get the phone first.
In this week in which I am focused on seeing and noticing, I have come to understand that I must also observe.
What will you observe today?