I have two favorite memories about autumn that I’d like to share. The first one was one day when my granddaughter and her girls came to visit me. At that time my great-granddaughters were tiny tots. Now they’ve grown into beautiful young ladies. Most of the leaves had fallen from the trees and blown by the wind they had blanketed my yard.
I say to the three of them, “Want to go have some fun?”
Of course my ‘greats’ quickly answer, “Yeah, let’s go!”
“I’ll watch,” their mother says as she peers out the kitchen window. When we head out the back door I grab the rake by the steps to begin racking the leaves.
“Whatcha doin’?” My little ‘greats’ question.
“To get them together?”
“To make a big pile.” I have to smile at their incessant questions.
“It’s a surprise.”
“Surprises are fun. Watch and see.” To their astonishment I jump into the great pile of leaves.
“Yay!” They shout gleefully as they quickly leap into the pile along side me.
We hug, roll in the leaves and laugh. Then we jump up and throw leaves at each other. Soon they are scattered all over. I grab the rake once more while one of them picks up an armful of leaves to toss into the pile while the other one uses her feet to kick them there. We spend a glorious day, raking, jumping, tossing, and hugging each other amidst the leaves until both girls and great-granny are all tuckered out.
As we walk into the house my granddaughter asks wistfully, “Why didn’t anyone take me out to play in the leaves when I was small.
“You should have joined us when I asked. You’re never too old to have fun.”
She smiles and says, “I suppose.”
What a joyous day that was, being with my loved ones. Thank you Lord for that sweet memory.
Another of my favorite times happened one day when the sun was brightly shining from a beautiful blue sky. A friend called to ask me, “How’d you like to take a ride with me?”
I love sight seeing especially when God has perfectly painted leaves in beautiful autumn colors. I quickly exclaim, “Yes! When will you be here?”
“In about twenty minutes.”
I rush to get ready and keeping his promise he knocks on my door in a little under twenty minutes. I hoist myself up into his truck by holding onto the back of the seat and the dashboard, but since I’m short and the truck is high from the ground I have a rough of it, but finally I’m safely seated.
He says, “I want to show you something special that I went to look at one day after someone told me about it. You’ll love it.”
“Oh, good, I love surprises!”.
We leave town, heading for the country. I can’t imagine what he wants to share with me, but the further we drive the more excited I become.
“Here it is,” he tells me as he turns down a winding dirt road.
I look all around. Not seeing anything different or spectacular I ask him, “Are you joking with me?”
Suddenly it’s like the sun’s been turned down. Now he’s driving between poplars and birches with bending branches. As they caress above, God forms them into a canopy over the narrow country road.
“It’s like going through a tunnel isn’t it? Instead of something being built by men, God has uniquely formed this wonder by His hand!”
“That He has. I knew you’d enjoy it.”
“Ooh! Ah,” escape from my excitement. I notice my friend is smiling over my joyful enthusiasm.
He continues driving down the darkened road beneath the golden canopy of trees. Then as we go around the next curve we’re greeted by a new spectacular sight! It’s like I’m personally experiencing what many people have claimed after having a near death experience. A bright light shines brightly at the end of the tunnel. It becomes a beacon of glimmering hope beckoning us forward.
Driving into the sunlight, once again, we see flashes of flame red that are from lone maple trees speckled amongst the comforting golden hues. We almost miss an old log cabin, slightly leaning, that’s nestled between large trees. Possibly abandoned? Perhaps a place of quiet retreat?
It was a glorious day with the most awesome sight I’d ever seen. One that I’d never forget it. Thank you, God!
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