Friday, February 3, 2023

How Can You Ignore Something So Fascinating?

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One word. Five minutes to write about it. This is the idea behind Five Minute Friday and this is today's free-writing post. 

impossible to ignore

Have you ever seen something that seems so obvious, or big, or fascinating, that it seems impossible that anyone could fail to notice? Or perhaps people notice, but are ignoring it. 

I've been at the grocery store and been so annoyed by the shoppers that will get in the express checkout lane with a cart heaped high with hundreds of items. I'm pretty sure they have chosen to ignore the very obvious signs saying "Ten items or less". And they must also be ignoring the glares and grumbles of the other shoppers. 

I hear and read stories every day about people who have chosen to ignore a huge sign saying "No Trespassing" or have chosen to ignore a law and their conscience to commit a crime. Sadly, as a society, we've often chosen to ignore the ugliness, chaos, and human misery caused by crime and hate. How can this be?

Ignoring facts does not make them go away. ~Fran Tarkenton

I've also been amazed that people seem able to ignore things that are beautiful and wondrous, although I know I've taken such things for granted as well. And we are fascinated by different things, I understand that. But when something is breathtaking in its beauty or design, how can we ignore it?

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~Confucius

The beauty and intricate design of nature is a witness to the God who created it, and instead of ignoring it, we should allow it to point us to the Creator.

The heavens declare the glory of God; 
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
~Psalm 19:1-4~

Something so fascinating should surely make us take notice, to marvel, and to at least be curious about the Creator.

Birds in flight fascinate me. I admire eagles and falcons. I'm inspired by a feather but also its color, its graphics, its weightlessness and its engineering. It's so elaborate. ~Alexander McQueen

Snowflakes fascinate me . . . Millions of them falling gently to the ground . . . And they say that no two of them are alike! Each one completely different from all the others . . . ~Charles M. Schulz

Snowflake macro photography 1

All that God has made is fascinating, but even more amazing is that he loves us and wants us to love him and to know him. And he's provided the way for us to do that. How can we possibly ignore the truth of his Word, the gift of his salvation, or the blessings he gives us each day?

For you ignore the God who rescues you;
you pay no attention to your strong protector.
~Isaiah 17:10~

How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. 
~Hebrews 2:3-4~


To hunger and thirst after righteousness is when nothing in the world can fascinate us so much as being near God. ~Smith Wigglesworth


This post is linked at Five Minute Friday for the word prompt "Ignore".

I definitely wrote for more than five minutes though, because this post is also part of the Write 28 Days Blogging Challenge hosted by Anita Ojeda. Find all my posts for the 2023 challenge here: Write Something Somewhere

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  1. We certainly should take the time to consider all of God's wondrous design. Some things should not be ignored! Thanks

  2. These were great scriptures to tie in with fascinating! Thank you for giving me something to ponder today.

  3. I had really thought that rules
    did not apply to likes of me;
    for blind following by fools,
    they didn't allow my sagacity
    to make my own decisions
    based upon God-given gifts,
    not subject to revisions,
    nor to those societal rifts
    that pressed into conforming roles
    that were boring in extreme,
    but I did not know the tolls
    to be paid by ego-dream,
    and thus I made myself to fit
    strait-jacket of an idiot.

  4. Thank you for this reminder not to ignore God's handiwork all around us. FMF #2

  5. God's beauty is not to be ignore. It is His statement of love.

  6. May my eyes always be open to the beauty around me!

  7. So true! I enjoyed your thoughts on paying attention to rules (for an orderly society) and to the beauty of nature. But the most important point was from the Bible verse that you included, Hebrews 2:3-4

  8. There are so many fascinating things in God's creation, how can we help but notice and give praise to our great Creator. Blessings to you!

  9. 'Ignoring facts does not make them go away'

    Oh wow, ain't that the truth. Way too often we prefer to look at life through our own lenses and ignore the truth right in front of our noses. I appreciate this nudge to pay attention. Thank you!

  10. I love that quote - it's so true and your post is so thoughtful. I try not to ignore beautiful sights that catch my eye on my walks. I'm trying to share on Instagram one pic a day from my walks.

  11. I think we can all be good at ignoring things we don't want to see sometimes! I agree, it is sad when people ignore the beauty of creation though. It has so much to reveal to us about who God is.

  12. Good thoughts and Scriptures.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. I think I am guilty of ignoring a lot around me - I think we have to, given we are overwhelmed, over-saturated with information and stimulus from every direction. The trick is to stay focussed on God and to know which things to ignore. The beauty of creation is a delightful focus! #15


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