We spent a long weekend at Ponca State Park just a week ago, and it was such a wonderful time of refreshment and renewal. It has been a busy summer, and this special weekend in the fall that we set aside each year to meet (and eat!) with most of my extended family is a treasured anticipation.
We do lots of hiking through the gorgeous trails there at the park, lots of exploring and eating together and cooking over a campfire, but perhaps the best part is just sitting around the campfire in the evenings, talking and laughing and catching up on each other’s lives.
I’ll write more about this special weekend another time soon, but since this is a Sunday post (and personally, I like to take time off on Sundays) I’m going to just post a few photos and make a few observations and then I’m going to let you go, Gentle Reader.
I figure if God allowed Himself a day off after He created the world (although, granted, I’m not creating the universe and everything in it every week) then we all should allow ourselves a day off, too, once a week, or whenever possible!
Being a visual artist, I have no trouble in seeing and appreciating God’s creation every time I go out my door. Right now (literally) I’m glancing longingly at the window, at a cottonwood tree out by our pond that is catching the early morning light. I’m ready to go out and admire what kind of a day God has in store for me today.
I have no doubt that I’ll catch my breath when I step out my door. God’s creation is just full of unending delights, don’t you agree?
Realizing that not everybody is as visually-hypersensitive as I am, I’ve always tried to point out to my children the constant visual barrage of delights that surrounds us, even here on the Great Plains, where we have no “flashy” mountains or seas, but plenty of color and texture and breathtakingly lovely vistas, just the same. Corn fields, Gentle Reader, can be absolutely beautiful in the right light. And don’t even get me started on bean fields in the fall, when they are turning many shades of yellow, rust, and orange. It thrills my soul when little Mack will come running and yelling “Mom! You’ve got to come look at this sunset!” Oh yes, there are beauteous landscapes, no matter where you live, to enjoy.
I’ve always reminded the kids also that God could have created the world in shades of gray, and how much we would have missed the gorgeousness of color if He had!
So I would like to encourage you, Gentle Reader, to stop what you are doing today and rest a bit. Stop working. Cease the striving. Just stop. Go outside for a bit and take a deep breath, and enjoy some of the creation that God has blessed you with. There’s beauty everywhere.
Turn off the ‘pooter (little Mack’s word for our computer) and the ‘phone and all the rest, and just leave it off for a time, if you can. I always try to “unplug” on Sundays, if possible, and I find that this weekly “tech fast” helps me focus on what is actually most important in my life, in particular the people in my life who mean the world to me. Also it gives me a break from the work and the news and the plethora of information that the web contains.
It’s stressful to try to keep up with so much seven days a week, isn’t it?
That’s my hope for you this Sunday, Gentle Reader. . . I hope you have a blessed one!
- Make your own version of “bulletproof coffee” and rock your world
- Make Sonia’s Roasted Tomato Sauce for the freezer, in minutes! *recipe*