The decorators filled the three stories with many furnishings which looked a little out of place considering the original floors, fireplaces, elaborate woodwork around hallways and stairs remained. I was more intrigued with the designs and patterns appearing in the hardwood floors which varied from room to room.
I carefully followed the arrows directing the visitors, but almost missed an original Matisse painting located on an inner wall. I was thrilled. I don't think many noticed because of the location. I took a few pictures while others walked around me captivated by couches, chairs, statues and vases.
Walking around my neighborhood later in the afternoon, I realized seeing the Matisse was the highlight of the tour. I am so lucky I was not distracted by the furniture and other decorations. I reflected further how seeing the famous painting was a metaphor for life with God.
How many times am I distracted by my "to do" list that I neglect a simple act of kindness, like holding open the door for the person behind me or greeting the cashier at the store? How often do I miss a rainbow in the sky or other signs reminding me of God's presence? Do I let myself 'do one more thing' before I settle into daily meditation and prayer?
God, I ask that when I travel through my day, keep me ever alert to how you might appear in another person or in the natural world or on the radio or in an encounter. I want to receive all you offer me each day. Amen.