Notice the Blackberries

 Yet there shall be left therein gleanings,
 as the shaking of an olive-tree, 
two or three berries
in the top of the uppermost bough,
four or five in the outmost branches
of a fruitful tree,
saith Jehovah, the God of Israel. 

In that day shall men look unto their Maker,
and their eyes shall have respect
to the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 17:6-7


Propped up in bed this morning, savoring a morning SoulSpace encounter with the Lord, my eyes opened and settled on a sweet little patch of blackberries sprinkled on the faded quilt.

I've got a thing for blackberries.  Don't ask me why.  Cherries, too.  But that's another post.

Anyway, I've been wrapping myself up in this well-loved comforter for years and never noticed this winsome pattern on this particular square.

And I was reminded yet again of the importance in noticing what's right in front of our noses.  Tiny details sprinkled through our days that serve to give a spark of joy, satisfaction, or whimsy.

One of the benefits of the two day Storm Bomb power outage was that most of the time our electronics were fairly useless.  Candlelight glowed in the rooms, the fireplace came to life.  There was plenty of time to finish up a small stack of books that had been patiently waiting attention.  Conversation over warmish take-out was cozy because no one was going anywhere.  

And then there was lots of outdoor time when the rain and winds finally washed out to sea.  Cleaning up storm damage and putting the gardens to bed for the winter.  Heading indoors to putter and rearrange and indulge in all those homekeeping tasks I love even as the sunlight quickly dimmed.  

I washed storm door windows in the dark.

When all was said and done, my Fitbit proclaimed 11,000+ victorious steps for the day.  The power flickered on and off ... and finally made up her mind to stay with us for good, just in time to check the fridge for salvageables and head off to bed.  

I'm giving thanks for all the little details God has allowed me to notice these last few days.  All is well.  What unexpected gifts has He sent your way this week?


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