It has been a trying week again with job instability for Lovely and many in our church having various financial struggles. It’s funny how weather can mirror the struggles of life. We had nearly record breaking heat and beautiful sapphire skies then came the day of the famous eclipse (which we couldn’t see thanks to the weather changes bringing clouds) then the brooding grey returned and so did much cooler temperatures. During all of this I taught in the church on Wednesday and try to encourage people and give the hope…sometimes I have to do this in the face of feeling very little myself but always God lifts me up if I choose the course of faith and not hopelessness.
I sorted through my followed blogs the other day and was astounded at those that have either erased their blog or not posted in a year or more…where on earth to people go? What happened? So you might say that I kind of decided to return to my medication which these days has been my relationship with God and taking the camera out and taking in the simple things right there in front of me that some bring encouragement and help me stand through another day.
Outside the weather still is battling and each day that can be seen with the clouds struggling to take over the Big Sky country. Much to my chagrin this struggle of the clouds brought the worst of reinforcements in cold. Our flowers seem unsure of whether to celebrate the needed rain or cringe at the cold. The plants do seem to be doing well and I love to catch a glimpse of rain beading on the leaves that are happily growing. I have to keep my camera outings close because it can start to rain at the drop of a hat and once it starts I don’t want to be out in it…Still there’s something about those drops and it draws me out again and again. Now if only these tiny drops were actual diamonds rather than photographer’s gold I’d be set! Just look at the treasure chest of drops on these leaves. Look I’m quite generous…let me share some more diamonds with you. I like this shot because it was different than the rest and used some kind of interesting back lighting. Many of our flowers now are between blooms but there is a nice exception or two. I was surprised to find a large bumble bee along my walk. I didn’t think she was going to make it but after being very slow and sluggish she eventually flew off.
Remember all that about the eclipse? Well, I love to go out and see what the evening skies have to offer. I love to catch things as the sun begins to sink…the light is really nice usually. Another nice plus is the clouds and blue sky at this time. Even when it’s washed out I find it reminds me of a water color painting somehow. The eclipse just gave me another unneeded reason to be out with the camera again. The problem was the clouds that have been here off and on were still here eclipse or not. Is there an eclipse under all that haze? I have no idea but it was sure beautiful!
Now the brood has returnedand there’s not one thing I can do about it. Guess I’ll look at the experiences thus far that remind me that it can’t last forever. The pansies are doing well….this one was glorying in life itself. Other flowers are biding…or is that budding their time? I choose hope, I choose faith, I choose God and the skies that seem to point to a better day ahead!