Sometimes, we just need to look at things from a different angle.
Sometimes, that’s all it takes.
The Northeast is vibrant with copper, gold, and scarlet sun-soaked colors glistening against a sapphire sky.
On the horizon, winter is the next act to follow. But let it suffice for now that God will leave us with a prelude of splendor before the bitter cold sets in.
While walking this morning on a country road, I soaked in the restful scenery. Falling leaves whispered as they floated to the ground. Is it sorrowful? These dying leaves? No. They play their part of creating rich soil for the trees they fell from.
A cricket chirps its gladness in the warm sun. A woodpecker chips away for his meal. The crunch of branches told me a deer was keeping a safe distance. And then a chipmunk stops and looks at me since I interrupted his busy schedule of winter preparation.
The earth is a symphony if you are listening. It is a story that unfolds if you’re looking.
Are you at peace? Why not? The earth is.
Even with all the atrocities, heartache, and pain, there is beauty and rest to be found. And when you find it, it becomes part of you until you find that peace within yourself, even when you cannot see clearly.
The dying leaves are not complaining.
The insects and birds and animals are content.
God provides for them.
And God provides for us, too.
All is well.
November 30, 1981
September 26, 2005
Most of the tundra is located north of the Arctic Circle – in the Frigid Zone – the coldest regions of the earth.
As winter approaches, the nights grow longer and colder as snow and ice cover the earth. The ground freezes solid.
Desolate. Barren. Empty.
Pain is like that.
Who knew this far removed region of the earth would dance with color? About 400 wildflower species announces to the world that desolation is only temporary.
The existence of pain does not mean God isn’t real. We accept winter and spring. One does not negate the other.
The arrival of spring brings comfort and tells us that God is with us.
Read nature! It helps explain life.
Photo credits: Rich Reid and Norbert Rosing
Throughout the summer, I watched them grow.
Their flowers appeared just last week.
Or are they – just in time?
It’s quite amazing to think about flowers blooming in September, unhindered by the heavy frost 2 days ago.
And then the wind came.
Strong and fierce.
But they stood tall and unwavering.
Will you be patient and wait for your time?
Will you stand tall and unwavering through the fierceness that life has brought upon you?
You have it in you.
If a flower can withstand the elements, you can, too.
And God’s timing is always perfect.