These first two remind me to slow down and enjoy the beauty of simplicity.
Have a Happy New Year Everyone!
|One of my favorite places on earth|
The above picture is for the thematic theme 172-Muted at Written Inc. This picture as muted you might be thinking? Well it's not just about the picture, but more about the place. This is one of those places that as soon as you're there, it wakes up a different part of your heart. The tress reaching up to form a hall, making you feel as if you're in one of the scenes from the Lord of the Rings. It has an ageless, timeless feel to it. When you're there, the whole world seems to be muted; silence settling over the world like a thick blanket and suddenly you are sheltered from the world of chaos and noise. At least for a little while.You can walk the paths and feel so small again, knowing that God, who created such beauty and majesty, is also holding your heart in His hands. I love being able to take time from "life" and to get away. To take time to slow down and hear myself think every once in awahile. To have the world muted.
Two more photos that I thought of when I though of 'muted'.
The first is in Boston on a cold, cloudy day. The second is of the sun over a Peruvian landscape.
|We're all searching. We're all trying to get somewhere.|
|The Fall colors hasn't fully reached the trees around here. But this one decided it was time for Fall, despite those around it.|
|This was taken last year, as my family and I went through a corn maze. Nothing says Fall more than the beatiful colors, pumpkins, and corn mazes.|
I used to dread fall. After the beautiful summer and the lazy days, it seemed like a mockery to have to have to start work and everyday life again. But I've come to learn that it's not Fall itself, but it's how you view it. Now, I love the start of Fall. Not so much the things that come with Fall, such as work and school and eventually snow (!) but the season alone.
It seems as if God has taken a paint brush to all of the trees, leaving us in awe of His masterpiece. It's the feeling that you get when you breathe in the cold, crisp air. That something is happening, that feeling of being fully alive. Thanksgiving, pumpkins, color and candy. Fall has alot to offer more to offer than we give it credit for.
Maybe it's not so much that we don't like Fall but rather what comes after it. When the cold weather traps us indoors and the beautiful colors are taken from the trees to return next year. Winter brings it's own cold awe, but I'll wait to write about that when we get there.
For now, let's just enjoy the scenery and time that God has given us.