Did you see that? Aren’t you watching?
A favorite pastime of mine is peoplewatching. I am an observer – in a crowd, at a party, sitting on my porch, driving down the road, I love to watch people’s faces and body language. When I am expected to mingle with people I don’t know, I often wish I could be invisible, so that I could just be an observer. Sometimes I would like to be a fly on the wall! You would think that as we mature we would learn better responses and become more comfortable interacting, but in my experience, we (introverts!) want even more to fade into the woodwork.
Away from people, I can observe and interact with animals and nature without reserve. In the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, in the deserts and canyons, the crags and valleys of the southwest lend themselves to observation and introspection. Elk and mountain sheep, black bear, bobcat, cougar, mule deer, coyote and countless smaller creatures – when we take time to stop and observe, we are afforded many sights that others miss.
Having opportunities to travel all over the United States and to parts of Europe has allowed me to observe all those things and much more. Observing the damage still evident in Germany from WWII, seeing how oppressed many people around the world still are, and viewing the reality of the massacres of Jews and others who did not fit in with Hitler’s ‘perfect’ Aryan race…. what an eye-opening, mind blowing experience.
There are opportunities to observe every day, every minute, of our lives. What do you see out side of your own little focus? Did you see that? Aren’t you watching? God gave us an incredible place called earth to call home. We need to take better care of it. Do more than just observe; become a caretaker.
“GOD called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And GOD saw that it was good. Then GOD said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And GOD saw that it was good. ….. So GOD created human beings in His Own Image. In the Image of GOD He created them; male and female He created them. Then GOD blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” ” – Genesis 1:10-12, 27-28 NLT