I'm reading a devotion aloud, and I'm frustrated.
The boys are not listening.
We're on the back patio. The sun is warm. October colors the trees. It's the perfect place to study. Why can't they pay attention?
I read another paragraph. They fidget. Shift in their chairs. One boy whispers. I throw a question.
"Who can tell me what I just read?" I ask.
No one answers. Their faces are blank as fresh paper.
I clear my throat and read a few more lines. From the corner of my eye I can see they are now leaning in their chairs, eyes focused on something I cannot see.
"I think, guys, that this is worth your time," I say.
"Do you see his face?" Gabe asks. "It's a pentagon. And his eyes are crazy green. He's looking right at me."
I wonder what he's talking about. I lean toward Gabe. I notice the distraction. It's a bug. He's close to two inches long, bright green, and is perched on the arm of Gabe's patio chair.
"Cool," I say. "Maybe he'd like to listen."
I read on.
"He's walking," Zay whispers. "He has a map on his wings."
I stop reading. I watch as the boys' necks crane. The bug moves and the boys' eyes are pulled like magnets.
"His wings are like leaves," Sam says. "God made them that way. Look at the veins. If he'd fly to the bush behind us, we'd never find him."
The guys are right. This guy's wings are a road map of creation. And his color is spectacular. The exact shade of the still-green bushes that fringe our patio.
"I want get my magnifying glass," Zay speaks in hushed tone. "I want to see his up-close face."
I watch my boys' faces. They're captivated. Captivated by this creation of the Living Lord.
The boys whisper. The bug moves. Then, as if pulled by invisible strings, the boys crowd around him. This visitor's details, this small wonder in a two-inch space, sings of God's glory.
I set my book down.
"Go get your magnifying glass, Zay," I say.
Sometimes even when my motive is good, I need to slow down. Drop my own agenda.
Open my eyes.
And see what the Lord has brought to the table.
How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24
God, thank you for revealing yourself to us in exciting ways. Give me the eyes to see. Amen.