As we move through the season of Creation in our church, we are reminded each week of a different piece God’s handiwork. Yesterday was “sky Sunday” … and though the sky was a dismal shade of grey, the topic evoked all sorts of thinking about the skies here in this incredible place we call home. I love the sky, and I catch myself pointing out all of its diversity … all of its beauty … again and again (to the point of annoying the people around me, I’m sure). Each place I have lived in this “land of living skies” has nurtured different experiences with the sky; each season presents different anomalies at different times.
In our home previous to this one, our yard was much more open … particularly to the east. Each day, I was blessed with the opportunity to witness the magnificence of an early-morning sunrise. During the winter months, when we were travelling back and forth to work and school, I would watch in awe as the sun came up over the edge of the earth to greet us for the day.
*This photo was taken out my front door of our last home.
With no access to the skyline and no morning commute (thankfully), in this past year, I’ve found that I really do miss the sky. It seems in order to relish in another of God’s incredible creations, the trees and all of the glory they bring, I must sacrifice the daily experience of observing the sun rise and set. Our new house doesn’t accommodate the viewing of either, but our “backyard” is something else entirely to revere, especially in this incredible season we call “fall.”
*Taken October 2017, shortly after moving into our new home.
And so it seems, in my longings to see the sky just a little more and witness its marvels each day, I am reminded once again of this important lesson … “you can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once” (Oprah Winfrey).
Of course, I feel blessed to have had my “sky years” … they were absolutely lovely.
And this first “tree year” has been perfectly exquisite too.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was VERY good.” Genesis 1:31
Thanks be to God.
*If you look closely at this photo, you can see a giant bee’s nest hanging in the trees, another “wonder” of the world.