He is Aware

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The girls' break-out session at freshman orientation went something like this.....

 "Hey girls! So we're going to go around the room and introduce ourselves. Tell us your name, where you're from, some of your hobbies, and a little more about you."

"Ok....I'm Taylor. I'm from Ogden UT, I like drawing and watching chick flicks, and my major is elementary ed."
 "Hi, I'm Maddie. I'm from Draper, UT. My hobbies include sewing, playing the flute, and I also love cats."
"Hi, my name is Kate. I'm from Rexburg, ID. I like reading and cooking, and I'm hoping to get into the nursing program."

And then there's me......

 "Hey, I'm Anna. I probably the only person you'll ever meet from New Hampshire (most people don't even know where it is), I'm not an academic by any means, I have no idea what I want to do with my major, I like playing sports with my 6 brothers, off-roading, camping, fishing, shooting....and just getting plain dirty. "

Yea, our counselor just blinked a few times and then said, "oh.....that's nice...."


I've always had a special love for nature, the outdoors, and the beauty of the world in which we live (and being a tomboy…but that’s beside the point:). Some of my best memories growing up included climbing trees, building stick forts, and catching frogs with my brothers. I was also the only one that complained when I found out our living quarters for Girls Camp would be cabins and not tents.


The other night, when we were coming back from a long hard day, I looked up at the star-filled sky and my mind went flashing back to the nights when my brother, Joseph, and I would lay on our backs in the middle of summer and just watch the beauty of the night sky, and he'd point out to me the constellations while we admired God's creations. Or the time when, as a group of friends, we drove down to Goblin Valley in Utah, and spent the night in awe of how close the heavens felt with millions of stars and Milky Way patterns painted across the sky.

Some people have told me (especially on my mission) that trying to comprehend the universe has only reinforced their conviction that there is no god, and even if there was, He wouldn't be mindful of us mere mortals in the grand expanse of the universe. "We are too insignificant," a friend once told me,"to be counted and known by the Creator of all of this."

I beg to differ.

In a world of such incomprehensible beauty and wonder.......I stand all amazed at the reality of His goodness. He's given these things--these pleasures--to us, not because He has to, but because He wants us to take part in the beauty of His creations with Him. He wants us to find happiness in life, and 

He reinforces that purpose by surrounding us with those that can bring us joy.

I'm reminded of His awareness of me every time I see the twinkle of stars, the rolling of ocean waves, the brightness of colored leaves, and the warmth of a brilliant sunset.

He is aware.

He knows me and He knows you.

Look for Him, and you will find Him.

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