Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Soaking in the beauty

"You live a fairy tale life," she said.  "Nothing bad ever happens to you."
But she just doesn't know; you don't blog about heartache.

But I'm breaking that rule today. 
My husband and our precious son have each had very hard news lately and our family is reeling. That probably makes our week away in the mountain even more precious.

We have been hiking and fishing, surrounded by beauty and beginning to heal just a bit in the beauty.

Which is why the wildflowers have spoken to me so much.
Locals say it's the best bloom season in 100 years in the Sierra Nevada, thanks to the rain.

Sierra lilies, trout lilies, mules ears, monkshood, columbine, pink skyrocket, lupine,Whitney's locoweed...

All this reminds me of how many places in the Bible we are told not to worry.

"Don't worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for what he's done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand." Philippians 4:6-7

One of my dear blog readers told me she thinks God put so much beauty all around us to remind us how much he loves us.

At every turn I see some little breath taking beauty and it's as if God has left love notes sprinkled everywhere to remind us that he's got us covered; brighter days are ahead.

We are on the Sierra trails, putting one foot ahead of the other in so many ways.
My sketchbook is crammed with ideas; the camera is getting a good work out.
We are planning for the next chapter of life.

And though we've had tears, we are full of peace and expectation.

In spite of tears and heartache, there is so much to smile about.

Quaking aspens. Meadows crammed with bloom.
Ducks. Blue skies and green leaves. Glaciers.

God left us all these love notes to remind us:
Everything's going to be okay.


Sherrie Spangler said...

I wish you peace and comfort on the journey ahead. Your blog has been such an inspiration to me -- I look forward to each beautiful picture and inspiring word. Best wishes.

CobwebstoCookies said...

You are certainly part of the beauty that God has supplied for all who are blessed to call you friend.

Be well, breathe deep and be blessed abudantly!

With prayers,

Sharyn Sowell said...

From Debbie:

Sharyn, it's ok to break the rules sometimes. What you have written today is beautiful! May God grant you peace and comfort in this difficult time.

Sharyn Sowell said...

Deb said:
My sweet friend..... I know that beauty, I've walked those trails. I am so glad that you, too, found peace and inspiration and a connection to God there! Even in the midst of our struggles and sorrows, God IS there to comfort and uplift us - if we only look up to see Him. Blessings to you, and sending prayers for your family and whatever you are facing. ♥

Mrs. Santos said...

"Whatsoever things are...lovely...think on these things." Your blog reminds me of this verse in Philipians.

I'm sorry for your heartache. Thankful that it turns your eyes to the goodness of God.

Debbie said...

May God continue to fill you and your family with His Spirit of peace. If you seek Him, He is there and as you have so eloquently stated, loves you. He will see you through. I will add my prayers for you and your family, as well. Rest in Him. Thanks you for all you do for others, without ever knowing it. Sometimes, even in your times of struggle. God's peace and strength.

Jeri Landers said...

Sharon, I wish you peace amid the sorrow and strain. I too, have had a recent streak of unfortunate news and I have to continually remind myself God is in charge. I just step outside my door, look at the beauty all around me, and come to the realization, that no matter what happens in my life,this natural world stays constant and God has all in hand. Wishing you the best, really.