Thursday, October 05, 2023

To Welcome Tomorrow


While we were wandering in the woods on our family camping trip a couple weeks ago, we found this drawing in a fallen tree. It is made by bugs! It stopped us in our tracks because we initially thought it was something carved by a person. The artists throughout this creation are abundant and their simple masterpieces are all around us. 

I've been challenged by several people recently about why I spend time wandering in the wilds. Upon reflection, here's my explanation, though not my apology. :-) As I've faced the mountains and valleys that are mine to face, I have often found myself stretched beyond recognition. The sorrow, the fatigue, and even the hopelessness can warp my perspective and sometimes just doing the next thing is about the best I can commit to. 

When I walk out into Creation the wonder and magnitude is realized (again), and the things that overwhelm me are subdued. I am reminded of how small I am and how blessed to be a part of it all. I see outside of myself and the small world I've molded by my own limitations. 

I am renewed with hope because it puts life back into perspective for me. I am given strength which has been useful in ways I could not have imagined. I am given joy because I love what I see. 

If I face my giants today and succeed, I will rejoice and ready myself for tomorrow. And, simply put - the beauty of this day helps me welcome tomorrow. 



denisemayen said...

I'm so thankful you wander the wilds and share with us all the truth and insight God shares with you along the way. Also, I totally thought the carvings in the wood were done by humans. They look like mountains! Love it.

Anonymous said...

You are amazing and God is displaying His handiwork in your sharing your life struggles and triumphs through His power. Thank you for reflecting His love and power though often it seems like it’s through a mirror darkly. God will continue the good work He has begun in you, and in your boys as well. 🥰🙏