I am blessed to live on a street with a lot of old trees.
Every Autumn new descriptions find their way onto my Abundance List.
These trees stand majestic, keeping watch over our neighborhood. They are home to a variety of birds and playground to a number of squirrels. They have stood the test of many years and all kinds of weather. The season’s schedule is different for each one, but eventually they turn in color, revealing a new splendor as they prepare for the winter months. We have a huge oak in our front yard that each year lags behind the rest. It is still mostly green, only now revealing hints of orange in the leaves toward the bottom.
Just a few days ago, as I was leaving for work in the morning, I could not ignore the beauty from my own front yard. I took this picture.
It was just a quick push of the button on my cell phone and a longer offering of thanks to my God for creating such beauty.
The next day, the leaves on the red tree were gone. We had a particularly windy day that swept them all away. That quickly, the flaming red beauty was gone. I thought about how I was glad I had stopped to appreciate it and even photograph it.
Just a couple days later my daughter was informed that a precious, special needs girl from the school that she works at, had passed away in her sleep. That quickly, her unique beauty was gone. Most people never got to say “good-bye.” Just a couple people had the chance to say, “goodnight.”
I thought about all the people that add so much beauty to my life. Do I pause, do I stop, do I give thanks for them? Do I let them know personally that I appreciate them?
I think about all the people I pass by in the course of a day. Do I acknowledge their presence? Do I thank them for their service? Do I take the time to encourage them, or to let myself be encouraged by them?
Shifting seasons. Brilliant colors. Let’s take the opportunity to stop and appreciate them every chance we get. Let’s be a people who take nothing for granted.
Grateful For the Seasons With You,