Sun vs. the Fireplace...

There's something amazing about a bit of chill in the air. Living in San Diego (the city of perpetual summer) my body sometimes thinks it no longer remembers anything but warmness and sun. Each fall though, when the air is crisp and cool and the clouds darken the brightness of the sun I feel that sharp stab of longing and remembrance in my chest. The longing for a fire in the fireplace, the smell of pine trees, the warmth of a favorite sweater, the crunch of snow, the quietness of a city blanketed by that same snow and of soups, stews and warm drinks. Although my brain has tried to shut out the need for these things it takes only a hint at them (a temp of 55 degrees or a cloudy day) to remind me that I still long for them. It is in these summer moments of our lives that we tend to forget the need we have for our Savior. We forget that curled up feeling of being close to Him when the winds bite with cold or the intimate conversations that we have with Him when the house is walled in with snow and there is no place else to go. We forget about Him until we have a hint whether a smell or crispness in the air and then we remember and ache and long for Him again. So why is it so hard to remember Him in the sun as well? Why do we think we have everything to do with what makes it bright and the world spin in the correct way and that He only is present and worthy of our attention when we are in the winters of our lives and "need" Him. We need Him always. We need Him every hour. In sun or rain or snow we need Him. Let every inhale of breath and smell and sight and warmth on our skin be a reminder of Him. Let every single one of them draw our eyes and longings toward Him and then we will find comfort and rest and peace...These are my thoughts today...


Posted on October 7, 2010 and filed under Anything and Everything.