*Special thanks to Debra Dickey-Liang, one of my regular guest contributors, for sharing one way to be thankful and turn a negative into a positive.*
About four years ago, I moved from the city back to the country, pretty close to where I grew up. Now, don’t misinterpret me, I LOVE it out there, but after having lived in town for quite a number of years, there have been a couple of considerations that I’ve had to work out.
One thing that I do miss about living in town is the distance from work. I used to live right down the road from my job, so I could walk the dog, do household chores, and take care of numerous other tasks during my lunch hour, and by so doing, I typically had daylight left at the end of my day. Now it takes me 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon, just to make the drive. That is not so terribly dreadful; however, during the winter months, that means that I get home after dark. Which also means that, during those few months with short daylight, I must do my outside chores and walk the dog, in the dark.
At first, I was noticeably disheartened by that. But why? The time was the same, the amount of hours left was the same, the animals didn’t mind, but it was cold and dark, and I just didn’t want to be out there any longer! I wanted to be done – done with work, done with wearing a coat and gloves and being cold, done with my day! So I sometimes groused.
But as usual, He began to share with me lovely presents, giving me a new and unexplored appreciation for the night, and for sure, turning my attitude around. The first gift that He gave me I received by simply looking skyward – believe me, Montana has nothing on the view of the colossal sky filled with the vast number of stars and constellations that I get to see every night by just stepping out my door! The feeling is overwhelming, the height, depth, and breadth of which cannot be described. I never forget to thank Him for that beautiful panorama. It is like being in a whole different world!
When the weather got quite cold, the next gift He shared was the experience of walking at night when the moon is brilliant and full, in the unbelievable quiet of the country in winter, down a road that no one has yet driven on, in the snow. There’s not a sound. Your boots make crunching noises as you take each step, the moonlight glistens off the bright white of the fresh snow, and the air is so crisp and clear that you feel as though you can hear into forever. I completely stopped noticing the cold . . . . so hushed and surreal.
Then, later, when it began to get much warmer, I had the most inexplicable firefly light show experience that I have ever been privileged to witness! Just out in the field, all in one place, there must have been hundreds of fireflies, just blinking, continuously and without pause- like multitudes of clear twinkle lights on a great Christmas tree. It was magnificent! I just stood and watched for the longest time, because they were absolutely phenomenal. And just for me! I will truly never forget the timely artistry of a Gift perfectly given.
So these days, when the time ‘Falls’ back and the daylight becomes shorter, the dark does not articulate my disposition. I no longer dread nor feel disinclined to be out at night! I don my togs, pick up the leash, and we go for a walk.
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