For several years now, I’ve noted my favorite spot in the neighborhood in autumn. It’s this tree right here:
This tree stands out against all the others. It seems whipped up with golden butter, layered with sunshine, and spun with gold. Imagine it on a bright, clear day (instead of this gloomy, dark one).
All week, I’ve been talking to my daughters about how they can “shine like stars” from Philippians 2:15. As I read this section of scripture, I know that when we choose not to argue or complain, and when we “hold fast to the word of life,” we stand out like bright lights in a cynical generation.
I also think about those women in my life who are those shining lights for me. Finally, I think about that one shining star of a moment that comes every day, without fail, in the midst of whatever is going on in life. There you are, driving down the dark road, and the golden moment rises up in view, spun with gold and layered with sunshine.
That’s what this tree invites in my heart year after year on this very week.