I love this time of year. The mornings are cool and crisp. The afternoons are sunny and just the perfect temperature. These are the days when it is easy to remember the beauty of God’s creation. I love to look at the trees and see the changing of the leaves. It is a beautiful time of the year.
This summer was another story. Texas has endured record heat and drought. The Dallas Metroplex saw a record 70 days that were above 100 degrees making it the hottest summer on record. We have seen some of the worst wildfires in the history of this area. The fires that consumed west and central Texas caused massive destruction and devastation. Yet, even with all of the miserable weather and treacherous fires, it is the Lord God who has given us this wonderful earth on which we live.
It can be so easy to get wrapped up in our lives that we forget to “stop and smell the roses.” We forget to look at all the beauty around us. There is nothing more beautiful to me than a blue sky with bright white cirrus clouds (you know, the light wispy ones). And, have you ever looked at the growth that occurs after a wildfire? While the fire is devastating, the new growth that takes place after the fire is so very beautiful. There is no question that our Divine Creator set that in motion.
We have so many other blessings in our lives…things that we often take for granted. We have homes that are both heated and cooled, vehicles that take us wherever we want to go, clothing for almost any occasion, and food in the pantry, fridge, or restaurant anytime we want it. Sure, things can always be better but aren’t they wonderful and great right now? How can any of us beg for more when we are so incredibly blessed each and every day?
God has provided for our every need and He has given us a beautiful world to enjoy our bounty. Take many moments to notice the changing of the season and when it begins to get a little bit cold, remember the miserable summer and then be thankful because God always provides.
This is the day the Lord has made,
I will rejoice and be glad in it.