Autumn

LOOK DOWN

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We’ve all heard someone say, “Look up! Raise your head.”

But I’m challenging you to look down. Yes, search the ground where you walk. You might be surprised to see special arrangements God made just for you, because the next gust of wind will bring about a new pattern.

These unique touches of beauty, which most of us walk all over, shouldn’t be missed.

And while vacationing in the Georgia Mountains and camping at Fort Mountain State Park, I noticed some wonderful displays under my feet!

My husband took a late afternoon nap, and I wandered around for the next hour, snapping pictures of God’s splendid handiwork. But the beauty lay on the ground and the crunchy gravel where I walked.

I’m sure other campers wondered about the poor woman circling the campground—the one taking pictures of the path where she walked. They probably shook their heads in pity and told their children/grandchildren to stay away me.

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I know I appeared disoriented while circling with shuffling steps and pausing to—seemingly—take pictures of my hiking boots.

But at every step, I saw a new arrangement displayed in perfect simplicity. I took way too many pictures, but it was so much fun! Don’t neglect the simple path you walk or say it doesn’t amount to anything.

Perhaps, the high and lofty stuff will fail to be the most important possession in life.

“I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.” Psalm 145:5 KJV

~ Karen

 

 

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© Karen Campbell Prough 2014

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AUTUMN, A SWIRL OF COLOR

AUTUMN IS MORE THAN A SWIRL OF COLOR

Autumn brings our attention back to the seasons of the year. Yes, spring has its freshness and breathtaking flowers. Summer belongs to the child in us and coaxes us with a persistent call to have fun. Winter can bring the season of coziness and thoughts of warm fireplaces, but autumn brings wonderful relief from the heat of summer and throws color back into our world.

Autumn decorates nature with enriched shades of scarlet, gold, and yellow. It conveys freshness and the replenishment of spirit. Strength is renewed and the winter doesn’t look so intimidating. The coolness in the air brings a bounce to the step and supplies the innate urge to explore and seek out changes in nature. Autumn’s harvest beckons us to store up good things for the winter months to come, so we can make it through the tough times without losing our stride. Without autumn painting a colorful change along the horizon, we would leave the warmth and sunlight of summer, and step into the harsh reality of winter’s bleak canvas.

Can we compare autumn to one-fourth of our life? When moving beyond the middle years of life, a person needs renewal, a refilling of inner peace, and a promised blush of happiness. We must all face the winter, but autumn’s stage can throw back the curtains and reveal the superior rewards waiting for us. We can step out and enjoy the harvest with God’s blessing.

Where are you in your life? Have you realized that God cares about what colors your life? Perhaps, you’ve been living the spring and summer of life—living it the way you see fit. Life doesn’t last forever. Accepting God’s wash of color before life ends means seeing what he can do in your life. His presence adds depth to everything we can accomplish. God prepares renewal. His forgiveness can brush light into corners of our hearts that have been filled with darkness.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV

Thank you for stopping by to read. Please take a moment to leave a comment about autumn.

© Karen Campbell Prough 2012

 

Pictures taken in upper Michigan, the Smokies, Grayson Highlands in Virginia, Colorado, and central Florida. Can you tell which picture goes with which state? My daughter is in one of the pictures. She was doing homework at the picnic table.

 

 

 

 

 

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