[Five Minute Friday] Notice

I have a hobby I don’t always take the time for.
But when I do it, it’s always very fulfilling and interesting.
I like to watch people.
After a full day of shopping or just running around town, it feels good to sit down, have a cup of coffee, and just watch people.
The other day I met with a friend and we sat there for about two hours just watching.

We were in a new city, but even if you are in your own town you’ll notice so many things.
There are so many people on the streets you’ve never seen before.
Every day you walk these streets, and yet you’ll never be able to have seen everyone in this town!

There are single people. Couples walking hand in hand.
Wives dragging along their husbands into yet another shop.
There are children window shopping for toys and candy.
There are senior couples taking it slow.
There are three old ladies who enjoy a night out in town as if they were just 22 years old (these three seriously made me laugh and hope I will be like this one day!).

You notice so many things around you if you take the time to stand still for a while.
Each of these people has a story, a life behind this moment I get a glimpse of.
I am overwhelmed by seeing everyone.
Trying to figure out how they live, what brought them here today, how they might feel.

And then I am reminded of my heavenly Father who says of himself that he notices everything and everyone.
He sees more than a glimpse. 
He sees your whole life, your deepest feelings, the full story. 
And YOUR story matters to Him. 

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It’s Friday, so I am linking up with a great group of writers over at Kate Motaung‘s place. Come on over and read some more inspirational thoughts!

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People Lover. Writer.

6 thoughts on “[Five Minute Friday] Notice”

  1. I looooooove people-watching! I'm often running errands with my mind focused on the task at hand, my eyes darting around for the quickest route, and I forget to stop and watch. Only in the watching is there noticing.

    I think I'm going to schedule a people-watching event on my calendar this week… thanks for the inspiration!

  2. This made me smile, Katha. I don't take the time as often for people watching as I'd like, but when I do, it is a colorful experience 🙂 I enjoyed imagining the people you described here, and how sweet it is that you have a friend who could sit with you for several hours and delight in this with you.

  3. Such a lovely post. I can sense the intentionality of slowing down and just watching. I love that. All too often I don't take the time to slow down and pay attention. What a lovely reminder. I'm your neighbor at #FMFparty. Grace and peace…

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