Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Turning Leaves

I'm growing excited for all of the changes quickly approaching. I saw a few leaves fall yesterday. The purplish sky and cooling winds are moving. I can't wait for my first season of autumn in DC and the beauty of the changing colors. I've heard them described by others, but always along with the words "you just have to see it for yourself" when adjectives fail to convey the beauty they are trying to express.

Fall is traditionally associated with many things. Of the seasons, it is the farthest from spring. A transition from oppressive heat to frigid cold. A pleasant lull between the extremes.

I choose not to see it as a season of death. Yes, the leaves are dying and that's what gives them their beautiful hues. Sure, there's even a day dedicated to the dead in late October.

Instead, I choose to see autumn as gentle reminder of promises kept and seasons to come.

I've noticed many things changing around me lately. I know that what will follow will be harsh and cold. But, I know all of these things are necessary. We will have to lose our green in order to see the reds and oranges and yellows--even browns-- beneath. They've been there all along--hidden by more prosperous times.

Now, with the chilly winds on their way, I am anxious to see where the coming season will take me. I know it is part of a greater plan and that it is all for my good. It would be nice to know more, have a detailed description all laid out for me, but, I guess I'm just going to have to see it for myself.


Mr. Matt said...

sometimes change comes from hard times (ie the trees leaves dying to endure the winter and grow more seasoned) and sometimes it comes with good times...all of it is beautiful, and i pray for you as you continue to be more and more like your Lord,and trust Him as He takes you were He will. I am proud to call you friend.

flippnsweet said...

And I you. I am praying for your team as you embark upon your trek. It's so exciting to hear your stories of real-life adventures. It's way Indiana Jones.
I can't wait to see the pictures of these undocumented and elusive tribes.
You guys truly are X-treme!

Hey- Could you put a link to the x-treme team website on your blog?

Monkey said...

Fall is a time of renewal. I've always felt that way.

I love the photo. Did you take that?

BlackVelvetLace said...

Sweet, you could write inspirational booklets for sure. Beautiful description for the metaphor of changing seasons of life.

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I'm so sorry for the long delay. I've been dashing to and fro, jumping into piles of leaves with wet lollipops and all that sort of fun fall stuff.
I actually went to my first honest to goodness Virginia pumpkin patch the other day and rescued one of those poor gourds from those rolling hills and that hideous scenic countryside and carted it back to the city where I'm sure it dreamed all its life of going when it grew up. ;)

No, monkey, I did not take that picture. Wish I had. It's a free image. I suspect it was taken in Vermont. Beautiful.

Lace- as always, you are too kind. YOU are the one with the encouraging and inspirational words. If anyone should be writing a book, it is you!

I hope all is well with everyone. I will get some new stuff up soon.

sweet said...

Oh, and I'm sure you've guessed that I am the anonymous.

For some reason, I haven't been able to post under my blogger name. I'm not sure what that's all about. I'm taking it as a hint that I need to cut back on my blogging. hmmm... not sure how well it's working.

Justin said...

Hey, I didn't know that you and Matthew had a blog. I'll have to start checking it out on a regular basis.

The Libertarian Republican said...

November 4, 2005... ah, yes, changing leaves... I eagerly await a change to your blog as well, because you must be too busy to update it! LOL The same thing happens to us all... hope all is well.

BlackVelvetLace said...

OOOOOO sweet, how are uuuuu?????

Kris said...

November 28, 2005: As I write this, there are still no sightings of Michelle. Is it time to call the milk carton manufacturer?

mandy d said...

Yes, Mary Michelle...where you be? Good thing I've got your digits! Love you and praying for you. Texas (and Starbucks on University) isn't the same without you!