Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ever-changing and Essentially the Same

Needing some perspective and rest from the routines we trap ourselves inside, my prince and I headed to the top of one of the mountains that stands guard over our city. 

We longed to see the colors Autumn makes when she lets go of her summery green, revealing her gold and reddish low-lights.

Following an old path to a certain meadow where we camped about 32 years ago, we greeted several couples going the opposite direction who resembled younger versions of ourselves. My heart and my face gently smiled as I realized once again that we are in a new season of life. We're in Autumn, when youth, like chlorophyll pulls back, drains out, revealing the profound pigments of wisdom and experience.

Unaccustomed to the sometimes cobbley, sometimes steep upward path, our gaze was downward much of the time. I was both drawn and pleased by the places where trees had sent out roots to anchor themselves, creating sturdy and sure steps  for our sneakered feet.

Each step along the path, took us deeper into the restoration we sought.

Wings of bugs made the sound of tiny zippers as they moved past us.

We inhaled the essence of forest -- all piney and earthy.

In one spot we suddenly entered a place of cool, dark shadow, and it felt almost as though we had stepped into a separate experience.  Here, a huge pine arrested our walk and drew our eyes the long way up its craggy, old, bug-holed trunk as though we were marionettes in a puppet show. Here was something demanding awe as a toll before we were allowed to pass. And awe is what we gave. 

A few years ago, the mountain suffered a devastating fire that made skeletons of  some of the trees we would have passed all those years ago. And a few of them had fallen clear across the path that was also dappled with baby trees as tall as a sparrow on one side, as tall as an eight year old child on the other. 

The end of the path led to a view of our   city stretched below from east to west. Standing among the tree remains, we could see the grid of streets and highways spread across the land like lines in sand.  But just on the other side there was a vista equal in size that was virtually untouched by man. It was as though we could see the ages advance and recede. The change in perspective we sought was dramatically displayed from above.

Today's vistas and turning leaves, the elderly tree, the young couples, the burned forest, scattered rocks, and the root-shaped steps all told the same story.  

Written across the pages of time, life is always transforming itself. From season to season, it renews as it ages, grows as it replicates, lives as it dies. And, like its Creator, it stays essentially the same. 

Day 13


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  1. This is beautifully written, takes me there in more ways than one. I love this: "We're in Autumn, when youth, like chlorophyll pulls back, drains out, revealing the profound pigments of wisdom and experience."


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