Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Light of Life

Last Wednesday I had a some free time in the middle of the day to eat some lunch, read, and even nap while enjoying the beautiful early Fall weather and my alone time in the sun.  The above picture was my view of Lake Washington as I sat in Coulon Park.  (I napped in my car, not on a park bench, btw :)  I've been volunteering at 2:00 on Wednesdays and had a bit of time before then, but not quite enough time to go all the way back the park it was!

I love the colorful landscape of Fall (God is the most talented artist!!), the combination of a crisp breeze mixed with the warm sun, the smell of pumpkin spice lattes, the way a hot cup of tea warms my hands and relaxes me before bed, soups and stews, the soft glow and flicker of the start of "candle season", and I love watching my amazing and talented hubby do something he enjoys...flag football every Saturday.  I am focusing on these wonderful things to help me not dwell on the one thing I really do not like about Fall...the darkness creeping in.  Literally.  The days are getting shorter and shorter and before long it will be dark when I get to work and dark when I leave work.  Major sad face there :( 

This is just like life.  Full of amazingly wonderful things that bring joy to my soul, but it's so easy to loose focus on these things by allowing negativity to take over.  "Darkness" can take many shapes in life such as a stressful work situation, a family/friend feud, fatigue/burnout, etc...but keep your attention on the positive (that's what I tell myself)!  A job to complain about is most likely better than no job in this economy, God can use a feud to strengthen relationships and build character, forcing personal time to rest is NOT being selfish but rather necessary for renewed strength for body and mind.
This was the scene as I was leaving the park (the picture from my cell phone doesn't do it justice, either).  It's probably not the safest thing to drive and snap a picture, but there were no other cars around so I slowed down to like 5mph, haha!  It was just so beautiful and inspiring, I couldn't resist.  I felt as though God was giving me a hug as these colorful trees bordered my exit and the warm sunlight danced on my face.  It's so comforting to know that God is always surrounding me with light, and I'm taking that with me into the darkness as Winter draws near.  There will always be something negative that can take over my thoughts if I allow it, but where's the joy in that?! There is none! 

The earth is filled with the Lord's glory.
- Habakkuk 2:14
For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. 
- Psalm 18:28
Then Jesus spoke to them again saying, "I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
- John 8:12

I pray you too will be able to keep your focus on the comforting light of life that is surrounding you always in a world where darkness is bound to happen. 

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