A castle in the beautiful mountains of Central Europe was guarded by sentinels whose job was to watch the countryside day and night. They daily viewed a beautiful valley of meadows and fields, fruit trees and rivers, but I am sure that after many months and years of the same view, the sentinels ceased to notice as much of its beauty. If they were like many of us, they would even have complained at having to stand there. And yet one of us would be thrilled to have that view for a day.
Often in our lives the beautiful things all around us tend to blur in the haste and busyness of life. Creation and family and love tend not to have the effect on us that they would if we had never seen them before.
When we are saved, we are made a new creature. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17. Because we are made new we can take fresh delight in the beauty around us.