Take a look at this picture. Spend a few seconds just observing the shapes of the white clouds, blue sky and green trees below. How does this make you feel?
As I drive home sometimes, I find my eyes drifting off into the distance. Sometimes the sun is setting and the sky glows in different shades of yellow, orange and red. At that moment, I gaze in pure wonder for a split second as if it were the first time I have seen a sunset. Other times the clouds form shapes and without losing site of the cars in front of me, I discover elephants, ice cream cones or shoes floating in the air. For about two miles, I drive through a section of highway decorated by trees and vacant land. No buildings or homes obstruct my view to the west. The cows graze in the fields as the hawks, crows and vultures circle overhead. Sometimes I roll my windows down and inhale hoping to smell the earth.
Marveling at the beauty, I sigh and praise God's glory. No matter what may have transpired during the day, worries vanish from my mind at that moment and I feel this amazing peace within me that seldom emerges when I am moving so fast. In my car alone, quiet and awake, I move slowly... The lines on the road remind me to pay attention, slow down and look around, so I obey. While others rush by me, I savor my drive.