When I was a kid I used to love to ride in the car looking out the window. When the bright sun would shine in, I would shut my eyes and feel the sun changing as we drove by trees or mountains—bright, dark, and bright.
I still love it.
I love to walk through the dead leaves and hear the crunch, crunch under my feet. Leaf color gone, but other senses take part—I am hearing autumn.
Leaves curl and fall. The wind pulls them away and they glide like spaceships on a journey to another world. What if I was the size of Thumbelina and could ride on one as if it were a magic carpet?
What if I was the size of a chipmunk and could scurry down the dark hole into the ground? No, I think I’d rather be a squirrel in a hole in a tree. Give me a place to see the light…let chipmunks and moles have the underground.
This year I’m amazed that once dull trees, suddenly came to a peak and startled me with their brightness. Then gray clouds came with winds cool and crisp.
Then geese gather and fly…and honk.
Horses will grow their thick furs and be fuzzy and fat all over. Later when the hard chill is on, they will stand stock-still to keep in their warmth.
The hardy birds will come to my feeders and sing cheerfully all winter.
These are things I enjoy that never get old. Our dear, “Mother Nature” people fondly call it, is in reality, altogether Creator-God.
We hear much about being mindful these days. You can search Google and find all sorts of Mindful coaches. Being present in the moment, in the now, not the past or the future is good advice. But what are they really all about; does their teaching bring us closer to God or away from Him?
One Creator, One God of the Universe is who and what we are to be mindful of. He the One who planned us before time began, and is still very current in our everyday lives. Do we know him and do we seek him out?
Are we mindful of God in our ever wakeful moments?
I love to review the words of the Psalmist…
“O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, to lofty for me to attain.”
“The heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD? Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings? In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him. O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you.”
Psalm 89: 5-8