The renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright once told of an incident that perhaps seemed insignificant at the time, but had a profound influence on the rest of his life. The winter he was nine-years-old, he went walking across a snow-covered field with his reserved, no-nonsense uncle. As the two of them reached the far end of the field, his uncle stopped him and pointed out his own tracks in the snow, straight and true and unwavering. He then pointed out young Frank’s tracks, which meandered all over the field. “Notice how your tracks wander aimlessly from the fence to the cattle to the woods and back again,” his uncle said. “And see how my tracks aim directly to my goal. There is an important lesson in that.”
Years later, Wright liked to tell how this experience contributed to his philosophy of life. “I determined right then,” he said with a twinkle in his eye, “not to miss most things in life, as my uncle had.”1 Because of course we miss things if we are too busy getting from point A to point B, don’t we? Sure, we may not get slowed down as often or interrupted. But as our scriptures for today point out, there is something holy and important about paying attention to our surroundings. After all. If we have been given eyes to see we should use them.
This is a time for us to “see” and review life and thank God for all our blessings. We often talk about our faith, but now is the time to see the strength that comes from having a strong faith when we encounter difficult and challenging times.