The Beauty of Autumn

Carnival of BeautyAs a girl who was born and raised in southern Georgia, then moved to Florida for 10 years, fall is not exactly something I’m familiar with. When I came up to school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the first thing that I was surprised by was fall. The weather started to cool off, and suddenly all the trees looked like they were on FIRE!

It was incredible! I’d never seen anything like it! It seemed like the entire campus was ablaze, and there were crunchy piles of leaves everywhere. People were constantly outside in the cool weather. It was 50 degrees outside, and instead of hiding inside like people do at home, everyone was playing football and frisbee, and every time I turned around there was the smell of someone’s fireplace on, which is one of my favorite smells.

How had I missed this time of year? I had always associated the fall with the end of summer, not as a unique and special time in its own right!

One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 27:4

The Lord has created a beautiful place for us to live. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how petty our lives become, how prejudiced and jaded we become, no matter who is fighting with who . . . God always paints a landscape that I could not even fathom. Go outside, and enjoy autumn while it is here! Appreciate all that God has given to you – it takes no wealth whatsoever to visit the most beautiful art gallery of all.

The Carnival of Beauty is hosted this week by Allison at The Autumn Rain.

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