One of the things I love most about where I live is the weather. We have four very distinct seasons. With temperatures ranging between -10 degrees and 110 degrees, snow, rain, hail, thunderstorms and amazingly beautiful blue skies with dazzling sunshine how could you not love that? I know that there are people who would be happy to have nothing but sunshine all year round. I say to them “go find it.”
This last week we have had over 100 degree temps with the most beautiful blue skies and bright sunshine. I love it, I do, bright skies, lots of light, tan skin, kids in the local swimming pool, my lawn a foot high because I refuse to mow it while melting into a puddle of mush, yet I still water it because the lawn must be green. Yes summer is amazing here. However as this last week as gone on I find myself longing for the fall to come.
I’m not sure what it is that I love the most but late September through December is truly my favorite time of year. I am sure it has something to do with the start of a new school year, a clean slate, a fresh start. But it is so much more than that. Cool crisp air, leaves changing colors, football after church on Sunday, driving in the mountains with my mouth agape because I can’t believe God is allowing me to witness this beauty and creation. Jeans and sweatshirts, cuddle up on the couch with a blanket, a fire in the fireplace, rain showers against the windows (we don’t get much rain around here so it’s a treat). I am so looking forward to this this year especially. I feel like I missed most of it last year, at least missed enjoying it to the fullest. I am so ready to embrace each moment, enjoy it to fullest and never forget to thank God for allowing me to live through it.
We have been studying Genesis in church lately. We have all read and know that God created the world in six days and on the seventh he rested. We know he looked on his creation and said “it is good.” I think sometimes we glance over it and although we acknowledge that he created everything, do we really look at the intricacies of that creation. Take something as simple as the trees. Now look deeply into the tree and what happens to it in the fall. Those trees that have been brown and green all year suddenly change in the fall, something magical happens. The leaves become the brightest most vibrant colors of red, orange, brown, and even pink. Those leaves fall off the trees not by some horrible accident but with the intent of new life coming to that tree in the spring. Talk about an intense attention to detail in creation and that is just one little thing in the vastness of this world. It truly amazes me!
I think I am even more excited about it this year because I really feel excitement for what God has in store for me. I don’t know what it is, I don’t know when it will happen but I find my heart filled with joy just waiting for what is in store. If it is only the fall crisp air, football on Sundays, and blanket snuggling, I am more than thankful.
It’s in your hands Lord!!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”