FH Staff Blog: I Love the Fall
October 28, 2016
This season has a certain feel to it, a smell in the air. It’s the trees changing color all around us, the smell of campfires in the evening air, the glow of the pumpkins on our porch, the laughter from my kids jumping in piles of leaves, the hype of college football.
I love the fall.
This past weekend, my family and I were able to spend some time camping in Grand Haven, Michigan, right off Lake Michigan. At one point, I found myself standing above the beach staring at the lake, surrounded by all the colors and smells of fall. The sheer beauty of it quite literally stopped me in my tracks. But what I realized as I was standing there was that the changes in fall are only serving to open my eyes to the beauty that’s always been there. The lake, the beach, and the trees have always been beautiful, it’s the turn of colors that caused me to stop and take notice.
As I was standing there, words from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel came to my mind. Rabbi Heschel once said, “Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.”
I think that often our routines, schedules, and to-do lists keep us blinded from the wonder and the beauty all around us. We move so quickly from one task to the next that we rarely take the time to stop, to take a deep breath, and to wonder at the world around us.
I can’t help but wonder, what would our lives look like if we would daily ask God to open our eyes to the wonder all around us?
It’s my prayer that we would all ask God for wonder… and that he would give it to us.