Friday, January 15, 2010

I confess I do not love winter. I have been known to hibernate through certain months and not leave the house for days at a time. Yes, it is pathetic and true. But lately, and maybe it is from breathing in too much Minnesota air- I have been struck by the beauty of this season. One sight in particular this week captured my mind and it has not soon been forgotten:
I was headed out to Chaska to catch up on some work at my job. It was a relatively warm day for January in Minnesota and the roads were not slippery, wet or slushy so my eyes were free to take in the scenery around me. There are several trees that line the way from Bloomington to Chaska and that day I saw them as I have never seen them before. Winter trees are interesting to me. They are all naked and exposed-their dark trunks a stark contrast to the white snow. There are even these trees over by the girls school that are painfully crooked. They seem life like to me--old people trees with arthritis or something. Anyway, the other day the trees on the way to Chaska had their usual dark trunks but the branches were a pure white. They looked as if they were encapsulated by crystal and it was breathtaking. Against the beautiful blue sky that day it was all I could do not to stare. I had never seen the trees like that and I told myself I would bring a camera the next time I drove that way to take a picture. Then, for some odd reason I watched the local news that night. I never watch the news. But I learned from my local meteorologist, Belinda Jensen, that we had experienced a winter inversion that day. She even had a picture of my trees on the screen that one of the viewers had taken. I looked for the picture they had on the newscast, but I couldn't find it, so here is a link to one I found is obviously not in Minnesota, but you get the idea--GORGEOUS!

So this sight got me thinking. In many ways our souls can have seasons of winter-a little colder and darker than some of the other seasons of life. Some days it may make us want to hibernate. But to hibernate completely would be to miss the beauty in this season. Even in the barrenness of winter, God is at work creating beautiful masterpieces our eyes have never seen before. And when we see them we should share them. Because something is always more beautiful when you can share it with a friend.

I still do not love winter. But so much of our perspective and attitude hinges on what we choose to see. I am choosing to see beauty in winter. And I am choosing to see God in winter and He is more beautiful than anything my eyes could ever imagine.


Heidi said...

This is beautiful! Well said!

How cool that you got to experience a winter inversion and know that's what it's called. I learned something new today. :)

It was great to hang out today. Thanks to you and Mace for spending time with me and my crabby Evelyn and smiley Anna. :)

Marissa said...

I'm SOOOO glad you finally found something about Minnesota winters that you like!

MY two favorite things are on a cloudy night the street lights reflect off the clouds and make the sky so incredibally bright, and then there is also a quietness about winter nights. My favorite thing to do is to go sledding at night and just lay at the top of the hill starring up at the sky, it's just so bright and quiet. I love it! I guess you don't have to experience this while sledding, but when else would you just be outside. ;)

Full of JOY said...

WOW! Such a pretty sight! A great post for me to read right before the first day of my one-week job that I am so nervous about. I am determined to have a positive perspective and to see God's beauty in the people I'm working with.

Anonymous said...

what great truth to what you shared. thanks i needed that today.

Life with Kaishon said...

You are such a wonderful writer Gretchen. I felt like I was sitting beside you in the car and gazing on the very trees you saw.

Good reminder.

PS Your box is sitting on the chair and staring at me. And I have no excuse really. I am going to put it by the door and take it with me tomorrow. I don't know what my problem is. Hopefully it will still be exciting getting a package even though it is 100 days late... CRAZINESS, I tell ya!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my goodness. Those trees must have been gorgeous!