We were driving along a little country road between the farms and a few residential houses on a gray drizzly fall day. I had my camera out but the fall colors that we long for here in the northeast had been deadened by warm weather and no rain. Disappointed, we drove on not quite sure what to do.
We had actually passed the tractor before its colors registered on my brain. I asked my husband to turn around and go back. I was attracted by how the crisp reds and yellows of the tractor contrasted with the muted colors of the trees and the dullness of that cloudy sky.
You have that beauty about you too, even if your surroundings are ugly. You, too, can shine even when life seems to have lost its glimmer. Without even realizing it, you stand out from the backdrop of this world because of a strength within that is at odds with the weakened culture around us. You will shine with a strength that manifests in many strange ways.
You shine with:
Your love against waves of hate
Your joy when there doesn’t seem to be much to smile about
Your peace when winds are swirling
Your patience against an immediate gratification mentality.
Your kindness in the face of cruelty
Your goodness where evil abounds
Your faithfulness even when there seems to be nothing left to believe in
Your gentleness in a rough neighborhood.
Your self – control when it’s so much easier to give in
What I would normally call a perfect fall day is not to be this year and yet I can see a different sort of beauty as the heat of summer fades. A quieter pallet of colors is being painted but it is no less beautiful. And as I find myself in different season than I expected, I can still find beauty in the unexpected places along the way.