We have beautiful autumn seasons here in Northwest Arkansas. Pictures of gorgeous fall colors in a recruitment brochure are what first attracted me to my alma mater, John Brown University. The display of splendid color is something I look forward to every year.
This year, I noticed when the colors first started changing but kept thinking “wow, they aren’t changing much” or “I’ll really go leaf hunting when it’s in full peak” or “it will actually be gorgeous when it’s full peak.”
Well, peak has come and gone. I started bemoaning this fact with the idea that I had missed all the beauty. Well, God has a way of smacking me upside the head with truth and he did it this time.
The beauty was always there. It was slow, but it was powerful. I spent so much time waiting for the all leaves to change that I didn’t notice most of them going through the changing process in front of my eyes.
I was so caught up in my desire to experience full beauty and what I perceived as complete magnificence that I didn’t notice I was surrounded by it. I focused so much on deciding to be content and even happy with a certain outcome that it never occurred to me to choose contentment at any other time. Continue Reading →