Our trip across country began Monday night with an overnight stop in Yuma, Arizona. As I awoke Tuesday morning and threw open the curtains at the hotel I saw nothing but brown dirt for as far as the eye could see. If you’ve never been there it’s one of the hottest places on the planet.
This morning I’m sitting in a hotel room in El Paso, Texas. If you’ve ever been here you know it’s a very dry and desolate place. As I sit here I’m looking out the window at miles and miles of brown dirt and trying to find the beauty in it all. I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but my eyes just aren’t beholding beauty in this place.
The interesting thing is that in every place we’ve ever lived we’ve found things that were absolutely beautiful. In San Diego the beaches were amazing and at night we would come home, sit outside and look at the most beautiful moon and star lit sky. In Kansas it was the rabbit in the back yard that had babies for two consecutive springs. It was a blast watching bunnies run everywhere in the back yard. In Nashville the fall season with the changing of the leaves was awesome.
The leaves took on every color imaginable. In Portland it was the mountains covered with enormous trees and snow.
As we arrived in Mount Vernon in May it was the green fields and trees that caught my attention. I realize that the trees and fields won’t always be green but I’m confident that when the seasons change we’ll find beauty in something new. I’m sure the fall with the change of colors will be gorgeous. As a family we’re excited to see the first snow. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen it snow.
Beauty is an interesting thing. I know that Ecclesiastes tells me “God makes everything beautiful it its time.” I guess when it comes to some places it seems to take a little more time than others. Whatever the case is I’m confident there’s some beauty to be found in it all. For now I’m hoping the beauty is a little easier to
find at the next stop.