Unexpected beauty

            Recently, I took a long road trip. Along the road, in unexpected places, there were beautiful things. Sometimes, there was a small pond reflecting the sunset in a secluded place. It was simply there to be beautiful for those who noticed. There were trees which had been twisted and gnarled by wind, fire, and storms. They had a special character. They were beautiful. I saw cloud formations that took my breath away. I realized that even in grief, in the unexpected moments we can find beauty. A friend may send a card at the perfect moment. Someone comes by for a visit. God places beauty in our lives just because He can.

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