In these days of waiting to see what candidate will win our national election, I'm enjoying some beautiful days out walking my dog. Sometimes the wind surges, rustling the leaves and swirling the colors around us.
These nature breaks ground me, offering a respite from perpetual news updates and political forecasts.
It seems like every autumn I'm struck by the huge variety of colors, shapes, and textures of the leaves. God is such a wonderful creator and it's magical to have these little pieces of art falling softly and nestling into our yards.
I'm grateful to see how these colors contrast and blend together in such a warm, inviting ways.
I'm thankful that the Lord has created so many contrasting colors and types of people, too, and pray that we can also blend together in thriving, productive ways.
Beauty is reflected in our differences.
We're more vibrant when our differences come together.
The textures of leaves show the saturation of colors and the seasonal shift occurring right before our eyes.
Sometimes I'll round a corner and wonder how one tree can already be bare and the one beside it still shouting its full glory.
It makes me think about how two people can be side by side and yet be so different in these transitions, too.
We may have been through the same circumstances yet one of us has let go and one of us has held on tightly, not quite ready to move on to the next phase.
Nationally, we're in a holding pattern. Our democracy is busy churning away.
Meanwhile we pause and reflect.
We wait and we watch.
We're given this opportunity to prepare our hearts.
We're given this time to adjust our expectations.
We're given this chance to pray for presidential leadership and our country's unity.
We're given this season to discern what to hold onto and what to let go.
- - - Through it all, may we FALL into GOD. - - -
"He only is my rock and my salvation; my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us."