One of my best friends paints as a hobby. Whenever I’d visit her parent’s house, I would see paintings after paintings displayed on the walls, if they’re not drying at the back. I would often hint for her to paint me something special. So when we went to Sip and Gogh for a common friend’s birthday four years ago, she told me right before she got painting, “Okay Sam, the painting I’ll do is for you.”
Hours later, she handed me the canvas. The painting was a pink, yellow, and blue sunset against bunch of mountains and, on the foreground, a field of flowers. It was extra special, because she prayed before and asked God what to paint for me… and this was what came out of it.
I’ve kept the painting for many years, always displaying it in whichever home I found myself living in. When I moved to a place of my own last month, I decided to hang it by the window because the sun illuminated it nicely. Every day, I would wake up to the bright morning sun shining through the bare window, take momentary pauses through the day to just stare out at the view, and cap off my day by watching the sunset.
Whenever I looked outside my window, my eyes would always jump far ahead to the mountains and the sea. This habit of mine made sense, given that I was always the type to look and think and plan ahead to the future–to plans, timelines, and necessary logistics that would have to happen for these plans to push through. But, strangely enough, I found this verse jumping straight at me this afternoon:
There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth… True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11-13
A few moments later, I decided to try something different. Still looking at the view, I shifted my gaze a little closer to me and took notice of the houses, roads, buildings, and fields laid out in front of me. That was the moment everything began to look different, but at the same time, more familiar to me. I joked to myself, now with the right skyline and sunset, it could actually look like that painting from four years ago.
And when sunset came, I couldn’t believe it. The houses, roads, and buildings outside began to look like the flowers of the field in the painting. The skyline looked so eerily close to the painting.
I see sunsets every day, but never one like this… and it happened on the day when I decided to enjoy what was right in front of me.
Some things take time before they come to pass. And if you’re too busy looking to the future, you might just miss today’s miracles.