Drinking in color


It’s mid-November and the leaves here in Philadelphia are about the best I’ve ever seen. Late for sure, but quite good. This past weekend I got to walk on a quiet country road just south of Peace Valley Park. Its about the closest I can get to Vermont scene I grew up with. Despite the rain, the leaves were just about perfect–Maples with red-tipped leaves and hints of orange and green. The dark sky and tree trunks enhanced the brightness of the leaves.

A feast for my eyes.

Despite the 35 degrees, the color warmed me. While I do like the vistas to see many trees at one time, looking at a single colorful tree in a dark wood is even more appealing. And then my thoughts turned to God’s creative genius to create hardwoods that turn these colors for the purpose of giving me joy (Not too egocentric, huh?).

Did you ever think of that? What things has God placed around you that are there for the only purpose of giving you pleasure? A dog or cat? A tree? A fast moving brook?

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2 responses to “Drinking in color

  1. judi lemay-lusk

    phil, i’m with you in enjoying the colors in fall. there are many times i’ve looked out my window to see all the colors and to say ‘God, you do fall the best!’ having been in northern new england so many times, i am personally convinced that God deliberately gave us nature so we could enjoy it. i feel the same way about wild flowers and listening/watching waves hit the beach.
    your walk sounds just lovely!

  2. Ron

    If God loves to gaze on beauty (for why else would a flower bloom in a desert ravine, for no one else’s eyes?), we who are created in His image do as well. The dog, cat, or hawk (http://www.bartleby.com/122/12.html) are for His joy as well as mine. (And, in the case of the dog, for my training and reflection as well.)

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