When we first moved here, I wanted to name this place " The Rest and Be Thankful." I have an old book and that is the title of it and I thought that living here was like that. We would walk out back and we would talk about our " Field of Dreams." I do think though, after very stressful days, as soon as I turn in the driveway, it is my rest and be thankful house.
One of the dreams I still have, is having people come here to share the peace and to be able to rest. There is just something about it, maybe it is the light. I don't know but in August, I am reminded of how the light begins to change, the colors though tired become warm and fall becomes more than a memory. The smell of school starting is on the air. I see tell-tale signs of the leaves starting to change and the leaves falling. It has been such a long, hot summer, that the trees are beginning to show the stress. My old tree in the front yard, is beginning to rain down its leaves. As my daughter once said, " That tree always knows school is going to start."
I think being aware of the changing of the seasons becomes more noticeable from my seat in the garden. To sit and watch and observe and to take the time to listen to the rhythm of nature is something that I know I need to do more. To be away from cell phones, and computers and all that calls me away from devotion to the One who made me and holds all I hold dear in His hands.
This morning my very quiet, sneaky visitor was eating his sunflower in the tree. He is the same color as the leaves so I almost missed him. He was very quiet watching me. It was the sound of his breaking off the sunflower that I heard.
Then I found this guy in the flower. I loved his little boots on his feet. I also loved that his feelers were black and white striped. His little hands have tiny little hooks. I have noticed we have bugs and other things because of the drought that we haven't had before. My sons took a picture the other night of a scorpion on the porch. I have always wondered if we had them but have never seen one until the other night. Guess who won't be cleaning the flowerbed where he went?
One of the things I do when I grow pumpkins is leave long stems on. I love how these pumpkins have the nicest stems. They will look so nice when fall comes.
I hope you have a lovely day. I am so glad the light is changing. I love the golden light that infuses everything with warmth. Last year, because of my eyes, I couldn't see the change. I could remember it but not see it. Today walking around and seeing it again, I really did feel like I was finally home at The Rest and Be
" Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
---Frances De Sales.