Dave and I live next to a golf course. Being on the 6th floor we have a great view of it every time we sit down to eat our meal at the dining room window! It's great. We enjoy watching the migration of the geese every fall and spring. We see hundreds of birds fly in the beautiful sky. We never grow weary of that sight. Back of the golf course, a gorgeous Church and Chapel tower over the trees. In winter, the roofs glisten in the sunlight. Hoar frost is exquisite, with all the trees clad in white and the church steeple in the distance. That's winter. Then comes spring and summer as we see the trees coming to life and the grass turning green. We see workers preparing the course to perfection. And then, one day, the golf course opens for the season and the golfers are happy. We love to watch this. We used to golf, back in the day. But now that is not possible because of Dave's paraplegia. It's definitely second best, but it still is wonderful. I have not yet mentioned the incredible sunsets we see, telling the glory of God. Every day it is unique. Many pictures are taken. Spectacular is a good word to describe most of the sunsets. We are blessed. Right next to our apartment building is a Car Sales lot, with lots of vehicles on display. As I look out my window, I have two choices....I can focus on the unsightly car lot OR I can focus on the grandeur just beyond the car lot. It is a life lesson for me. What will I focus on? The mundane, the ordinary, the painful stuff OR will I focus on the beauty just beyond? It's my choice. Thankfully I usually choose the latter and I am the richer for it.
Easter Sunday morning. I sit at the window and look at the lake - the trees still undressed in their summer finery. I ponder the meaning of the season. It has been a long winter, living in isolation in the midst of so much sadness and death, kind of like a mushroom cloud.