Hidden Beauty in Plain Sight

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On Halloween, my husband and I took turns going house to house with our son to trick or treat.  When we switched off, it was my turn to stay behind and hand out candy.  One of the groups that showed up at our door happened to be the family that lived in the house diagonally across the street from us.

“You all are new to the neighborhood, aren’t you?”  the lady asked.

“Yes.” I answered.  I introduced myself and she introduced her husband, son, and infant daughter.

Her son was only one year younger than my son.  We both agreed that maybe they could meet and play together one day.


Yesterday, as we arrived home from Sean’s soccer game, I saw the son and his father throwing the football around in their front yard.

“Sean, do you want to go say hello?  Now would be a great time to introduce yourself.”

“No,”  he said.  He flopped down on the couch to relax, worn out from all the running around.

“Are you sure?  I asked. “You don’t have to play right now but it would be really nice if we at least  went over and said hi.”

“Okay,” he agreed, somewhat reluctantly.  “Will you come too?”

“Of course.  Let’s go”  I said.


This neighbor boy did end up coming over yesterday.  It turns out he and my son are into the same things.  They spent the first hour together in my son’s bedroom just talking.  The conversations I overheard revolved around superheros and video games.

After his dad came back to retrieve his son for dinner,  Sean stated to my husband and I, “He’s a video game nerd and a superhero nerd.”  He then lifted both his thumbs in the air.

“Mom, I can’t believe that I just now met him. I can see his house from our living room window.  He was there the whole time and I didn’t even know it!”


I was thrilled for my son.  I love that he found a potential friend to hang out with.  I kept thinking of the cold winter months coming up when all you want to do is be inside and stay warm.  Now, he had someone to hangout with on a chilly Saturday afternoon.

The experience also reminded me that good things happen when you step out of your comfort zone and choose to step across the street.  It’s amazing what you sometimes discover when you leave the familiarity and the safety of your home and environment.

He was there the whole time and I didn’t even know it!

That statement from my son and this new-found relationship made me think of how often in life beauty is right in front of our face and we miss it because we either don’t pause long enough to see it or we don’t take the time to invest in it when we see it.

I thought about the beautiful moments and the beautiful people we miss along life’s path because the eyes of heart are closed or too distracted to care.

He was there the whole time and I didn’t even know it!

When my son said this yesterday, I couldn’t help but think about Jesus.  In hindsight, when I think about my journey of getting to  know Jesus, I can tell you the relationship took off kind of the same way.

He was there the whole time and I didn’t even know it.  I only recognized it when I finally did the uncomfortable thing of  stepping out of my comfort zone and taking some time to hang out with Him.  I had to risk feeling awkward in order to get to know Him better.  And, once I did, I had the same mind-blowing realization my son had with this new friend who lives across the street from us.  He’s been there all along and I simply didn’t take the time to see it! 

Today, let’s open our eyes.  Lets move our feet.  Beauty is right across the street.


3 thoughts on “Hidden Beauty in Plain Sight

  1. Deb

    I love this Eileen. I’m a first time visitor and I’m looking forward to returning often. Thanks for this reminder to take time to see Him in everything. He’s always there even when I’m too afraid, too busy, or too tired to notice.

  2. David Rupert

    I’ve had those those “under my nose’ surprises too. And when they are new friends from the “old pool” that’s the best of all. I connected with an old high school buddy who is now a Christian and we are now fast friends


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