Don’t Get Used to It!

deer, April 5th, 2014 010It’s been almost 15 years since we moved from Kansas to Wisconsin. I remember when my husband called me after his job interview with the news that we would soon be moving.

“They asked me if you want to come here, before I take the job, to see if you like Wisconsin!”

I did not have to see it. I knew I would love it.

“Do they have a tree up there?”, I asked jokingly.

“Honey, you won’t believe how beautiful it is here!”

My eyes could not get their fill when we finally drove through Wisconsin’s picturesque countryside for the first time. Lakes and rivers, hills and farmland, and trees, lots and lots of trees sprawled out along the way. I remember a prayer I prayed often in those days.

“God, don’t ever let my heart get so used to the beauty, that I won’t see it anymore!”

Last night, I remembered that prayer. As I was driving home from church, the setting sun was breathing an orange hew over a quiet lake. In the fields cranes and deer were silently promising signs of the warmer season ahead. Our service was filled with deep emotions, praise, and thanksgiving over what Christ had done for us.

“God, don’t ever let my heart get so used to the beauty, that I won’t see it anymore!”

Even though we have heard this week’s message so many times, may it be an new opportunity to exercise our emotions, like a muscle. May we drag not only our reasoning but also our emotions into the realities of the Truth, namely that everything on this earth is ultimately about Jesus Christ and God’s love for mankind. May we feel it again – anew.

Listen, my soul, to the song of God’s love,
He promised you good.
Be moved and stirred, my being, by His constant presence;
Your Creator has come down to earth.
Look, my heart, see what God has done –
The cross and the tomb are empty.
For your debt is paid – IN FULL.
Hope, my spirit, in the Son He sent.
or you were created to live and have your being in Jesus Christ.

“God, don’t ever let my heart get so used to the beauty, that I won’t see it anymore!”

IMG_2278for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
Acts 17:28 (ESV)
(Pictures and text by Heidi Viars, 2016)


  1. Heidi, that prayer is wonderful and I think it is very fitting for in the middle of the world pandemic. If we’re not careful we can lose sight of the beauty God presents somewhere in life every day. I frequently pray a similar prayer with a bit different take on it.

    Lord, open my eyes to see others as you see them and let me see the daily graces you give.

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  2. Beautiful photo and words! We recently moved and we have a stunning view now out of our windows and I was wondering: will I every get so used to it so that I don’t get excited anymore when I see the beautiful trees, sky, sun, animals? NO! I don’t think so. God’s creation is so beautiful and an expression of HIS love for us. Thanks for sharing this post Heidi! It is GREAT.

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  3. My 4 year olds always remind me to keep my wonder alive! it is great that they are in my life. Sometimes, we do need to make an effort not to forget. Inspiring and beautiful!
    ~ Dajena 🙂

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  4. That’s a good reminder. I love it – as long as they had a tree! Sometimes, that’s all we need to remind us to stand strong and reach up.


  5. I’m reading this after Easter, but your message is just as appropriate as it was last Saturday. The euphoria surrounding Resurrection Day tends to fade as the days pass. Frequent reminders of the miracle can keep the wonder stirred up in our hearts, and move us to worship. I’m praising him for coming down to earth as Creator God, and then abiding in us with His constant presence. Thank you, Heidi! (P.S. I, too, revel in the hillsides and trees of our area. May I not fail to praise God for the glory of His creation every day!)


  6. Your post resonated with me, Heidi. Having moved from the “in your face” beauty of the west coast of Canada to the more subtle beauty of the prairies, I believe there is beauty to be found and appreciated wherever God has put His hand. Every day I look for what I call a “shining moment”; that one glimpse of beauty speaking of God’s creation and love for me, so I never forget how very blessed I am by Him. Blessings, fellow blogger!


    • Thank you so much for your comment, dear sister. You are so right. We do well looking for “shining moments” no matter where we find ourselves whether physically, emotionally, or even spiritually. Glimpses of God are all around us. His presence is real and undeniable in our lives through Jesus. Be blessed as you share His presence with others.


  7. Beautiful pictures where we see nature echoing God’s song of love! Psalm 96:11-12, “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy.”


  8. Amen Heidi. Being I’ve lived in Wisconsin for several years now (after being in the middle of the city of Chicago!), the sheer beauty never ceases to amaze me. Yet, I can still take it for granted. I live along a beautiful Mississippi River, bald eagles flying overhead (counted 15 on the way to church one morning!), like your beautiful photo, we have deer and wild turkeys in our yard all the time. And there’s so many other beautiful areas in this country to enjoy. I join you in your prayer. God, never let me get used to it! 🙂
    Blessings to you and your family this Easter!


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