Watching the Door of My Lips

SunsetPedro invited two students over for dinner, and after dessert, I slipped away to join the Five-minute Friday Twitter party. The boys have been guests at our house before, and they know the tradition—after eating comes the loud music. Toby Mac’s voice pulsates through the house—right on cue with Kate Motaung revealing the prompt for this week: DOOR.

I try to think, but the lyrics cancel out anything I try to type, and I notice that my words have mixed with song lyrics on the computer screen. I feel like saying something, but I don’t. I’ve learned the hard way to control my impulses to blurt out what’s on my mind.

Instead, I grab my laptop and head out the door where I move a lawn chair in front of the garage and settle down to write.

Five hummingbirds whiz by to my left, distracting me just as badly as the lyrics did just minutes ago. Fingers of the last light brush the treetops across from me, and the horizon turns all purply-pink around the sun’s setting glow. Bullock’s Orioles land on the hummingbird feeder and the sparrows and house finches settle down for the night while a rooster crows off in the distance.

The door hasn’t provided a solution for me at all. But it has given me a different perspective. The noises outside form a cacophony as loud as the one inside. Zoom! A hummer buzzes overhead, curious about my pink shirt and two orioles chatter and fly off together.

As the sunset colors deepen, I run inside to grab my camera (sometimes, an iPhone just doesn’t do a sunset justice) and stand in the middle of the street to frame up the best shot.

Five minutes have come and gone, and I realize, once again, how God works in mysterious ways. The hurried afternoon of trying to fit everything in, plus some extra, has ended in a brilliant panorama of color and sound that only a faithful God could imagine. I feel blessed because I exercised self-control and knew when to head out the door for a new perspective.

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a 'recovering cancer caregiver' who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Aahhh… I love this! Beautiful said, Anita! Thank you!
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  • Tara

    What a great reminder! Sometimes all we need to do is walk out the door to s new perspective.

    • Seems easy, doesn’t it? I need to try it more often!

  • In spite of the distractions, you turned your post into something beautiful! I love how God has created such simplistic wonders. 🙂
    Verona recently posted…God Opens Doors When Doors Slam ShutMy Profile

  • Oh Anita! What a beautiful post. Thanks for inviting us into a slice of your life on Thursday night. This brings peace and perspective to my tired soul this Friday morning. We all need God’s perspective, don’t we?
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  • Great reminder! Sometimes it just takes a small act to make a big difference! And the sunset picture is beautiful! Happy Friday to you!
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    • Thank you! It was more golden than purply-pink by the time I got out there with the camera, but it certainly was gorgeous!

  • Love your post……new perspectives…..so, so important…..they’re everything, really….as our mind is everything, it frames our understanding of everything we see, do, are…..

    • Amen. The only way to stay out of ruts is to keep changing our perspective!

  • Beautiful….just beautiful !!!!
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  • You’ve given us a lovely glimpse into a busy, but God-infused life. Thanks for sharing your chaos and your calm.
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    • 🙂 You’re welcome! Have a fantabulous Friday!

  • Wow! Anita it’s beautiful:) loved your post! i’m getting a blog written today. feels good. ron has had a week of rehab and will have one more b/f coming home friday. he is coming out of his fog more and more each day.
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    • I’m glad to hear that Ron is doing better! Doesn’t it feel great to get to the place where you can sit down and write :)?

  • Anita, I loved your descriptions. And that sunset picture? Beautiful! How true it is that sometimes, we need to head out the door, beyond the familiarity of our day to gain a new perspective. And, like you, when I’m outside, I love having my camera with me to capture glimpses of God’s glory.
    Jeanne Takenaka recently posted…Door: Walking ThroughMy Profile

    • One of these days, all of the great photographers that I’ve met online need to get together for a photoshoot in a national park or something…

  • Reading this is like the equivalent of a deep breath. Your sunset picture is gorgeous! Isn’t it wonderful how God reminds us of His presence through creation?
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  • Pure beauty! I love God’s snapshot moments and I appreciate the lullaby of sounds that accompanied your beautiful backdrop. I do not take enough time to enjoy the sounds. I will need to try that next time. Praying we all know when to choose the new door perspective.
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  • I loved the way you received the people, the noise, and His creation and opened the door to their value and beauty. You are a beautiful person and inspiring disciple of Christ. Thanks for sharing your gift, friend. Gorgeous picture! 🙂
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  • Thank you for stopping by, Karen :).
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  • Anita,
    Oh, I’m delighted you knew to go outside and were able to enjoy a gorgeous sunset 🙂
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    • Going outside always brings me quiet–even if there’s thunder and rain or a cacophony of birdsongs.