How much activity and beauty can you find in a square-inch of grass? I don't recall the teacher, or how old I was, but I do remember this assignment: to lie down on our stomachs on the grass and choose a small patch of grass ~ one square inch ~ to look at for a long time. The question was, "How much activity can you notice in that small patch of grass?
At first, all I noticed were the blades of grass. After a while I began to notice a lot of things; an ant crawling through the grass, a breeze causing a few green blades to sway or quiver (but not all of them), the dark dirt at the base of the grass and how good it smelled. Then I noticed that not every blade of grass was the same color, or standing up straight. Some were dark green and some were wilting at the end of their life span. The air sometimes hummed with the sound of a bumble bee. The longer I stayed there the more beauty I saw, smelled and heard. I have never forgotten that wonderful lesson.
In life we sometimes get used to looking at, or running across, the whole acre and forget how much beauty can be found in one small patch of earth. At times we may feel as though the whole world is at our feet and everything is going our way. Sometimes, though, challenges come along with our health, our finances, our relationships or our situations. We may feel as though we are suddenly forced onto our stomachs to stare at a square-inch of grass, with no other option, and that the acre is no longer ours to roam. When we