A few weeks ago while the girls were at school, I jumped in the jeep, drove down long country roads until I found a piece of Heaven on Earth–The most amazing sunflower field I’ve ever seen–well, the only sunflower field I’ve ever seen, but that’s beside the point. I knew there was no way I could capture the vastness of the yellows and greens meeting the clouds with their tips standing tall all the way to the horizon. Being a photographer, that was a little disappointing. I wanted to share it all with everybody. Some things just are not reproducible. I had to let it go. I just stood for a long, long time and stared, allowing all of my senses to take in the glory of it all. Breathing it in, I realized I was breathing in joy, and new life.
Everything around me in Kansas is new. The sunflower fields, the white, fluffy clouds, the stunning sunsets and sunrises that surprise me almost every day…the giant spiders, frogs in my garden, the Royals, Chiefs, and lots and lots of old barns and pioneer settlements.
I. Love. Kansas. Really, I do. Breathing new air has been good for my soul. I find myself coming alive a bit more every day. I’m grateful for new friends, a new church and the schools our girls attend.
Do I miss Indiana? Every single day. I miss my friends who are like family. I miss the familiarity of everything and not having to figure out new stuff every day. I miss apple orchards and blueberry picking. I miss Lake Michigan, the rolling dunes, and the lighthouses most of all.
The bright memories of our old home mixed with the awakening of my soul in a new place are good indeed.
Standing in the sunflower fields made me fall in love with my Creator God all over again. When I see what an amazing artist He is, I am humbled and I feel loved, knowing that He made things like sunflower fields for me to breathe new air and make my soul come alive.
I am so grateful for new life. Grateful for the hope that change can bring.
Look around you…even if it’s not a ginormous sunflower field…look at the clouds. Marvel at the sky. Catch a frog and look her eye to eye, and then kindly let her go back to whatever girl frogs do in gardens.
Feel the Creator’s love for you in the endless beauty that is Nature, that is the air you breathe everyday.
*Grace and Peace*