The light this morning fascinated me. I love the beauty of contrast in a lot of things, in fact. I notice 

  • the way morning light patterns our home as it pushes through the narrowest slats in the blinds and makes shifting shapes on the floorboards. 
  • the self-patterning yarn I'm knitting socks out of with its flecks of navy and white and pale blue. I appreciate the rhythm of the yarn, in a strange contradiction where I know what color is coming next and yet it always surprises me. 
  • the sharp highlights of sunlight and lowlights of shadows cast on my lap when I'm sitting in the Subaru, waiting for Nicholas
  • the black and white stripes of my favorite tank top and how those stripes always make me feel put together 
  • the cheerful poppy seeds polka-dotting the coffee cake we just enjoyed for fika
  • the crispiness of grilled cheese with the smoothness of tomato soup
  • the size difference between a US 9 knitting needle 9 (approximately the thickness of a pencil) and US1 needles (like toothpicks)
  • a brightly lit, vanilla-scented candle in a dark room
  • black coffee in a new white mug from my beloved Greyhouse Coffee, gifted to me from two friends and former coworkers

And most of all, I'm continually delighted and surprised at how my view of God's goodness and His presence are just a shadow of the reality of His goodness and His presence. His greatness will always out-depth our understanding of it. And our joy in Him is infinitely more than any joy found in the world. We see glimpses of the light, His light, and anticipate the day when it's more than just a glimpse. It's difficult to fathom, because right now, even that glimpse is incredible.

I read this segment from Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon, based on Hebrews 13:5, "I will never leave thee."

Be thou bold to believe, for he hath said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." In this promise, God gives to his people everything. "I will never leave thee." Then no attribute of God can cease to be engaged for us. Is he mighty? He will show himself strong on the behalf of them that trust him. Is he love? Then with lovingkindness will he have mercy upon us. Whatever attributes may compose the character of Deity, every one of them to its fullest extent shall be engaged on our side. To put everything in one, there is nothing you can want, there is nothing you can ask for, there is nothing you can need in time or in eternity, there is nothing living, nothing dying, there is nothing in this world, nothing in the next world, there is nothing now, nothing at the resurrection-morning, nothing in heaven which is not contained in this text--"I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."