A Different Way of Seeing


Underneath a caladium leaf in morning light


Standing in front of the same caladium leaf in the same light.


“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”

C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew



The pot of caladiums on my front porch continues to multiply and thrive in our cool mornings and sunny afternoons. Every time I come in that door I pause to to appreciate the soft colors and hint of scarlet at the center and edge of the leaves. They are pretty. But this morning when I opened the front door to go outside, I looked from a different place and what I saw took my breath away. Veined and shaded, the leaf’s translucency drew me closer. Morning light streamed through emerald tissue and glowed like stained glass.  In this moment,, in just this angle of sunlight, there was beauty I would have missed if had hurried by.  I believe we have countless opportunities like this to see with the eyes of our heart. I am grateful for this one.


1 thought on “A Different Way of Seeing

  1. I love this. Someone said one time “maybe the bush was always burning, God finally found someone in Moses who was willing to slow down enough to see it”. It reminded me of this. :)

    Teion Parker (713) 979-8541


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