Take a good look at God’s work.
Who could simplify and reduce Creation’s curves and angles
To a plain straight line?
On a good day, enjoy yourself;
On a bad day, examine your conscience.
God arranges for both kinds of days
So that we won’t take anything for granted.
I’ve seen it all in my brief and pointless life—here a good person cut down in the middle of doing good, there a bad person living a long life of sheer evil. So don’t knock yourself out being good, and don’t go overboard being wise. Believe me, you won’t get anything out of it.
But don’t press your luck by being bad, either. And don’t be reckless. Why die needlessly? It’s best to stay in touch with both sides of an issue. A person who fears God deals responsibly with all of reality, not just a piece of it.
— Ecclesiastes 7:13-18 MSG
Standing underneath this rose-covered arbor at Zilker Park offers such a different view of the vines than looking at the same flowers only from above. On one side, the roses seem darker, less colorful; the air is cooler, more moist. On the other, a cascade of yellow buds and blooms covers the surface, spectacularly enhanced by the noonday sun.
Solomon’s words urge me to take a step back, walk around slowly, consider the beauty of different vantage points, and direct my gaze from a variety of existing angles, regardless of whether I’m pondering a rose garden’s delights or the depths of my heart.