Andy asked if I wanted to join him on an ATV ride through Vedauwoo National Forest. “Sure!” was my initial and only response. It was October and the promise of a sensational vision for a Houstonian was all of the motivation that I needed.
God created our world with an annual weather warning. Before the harsh winds of winter, the brutal blizzards of the mountains and the frigid temperatures of the stormy season He gave us the Autumn. This is the time of the year to count our blessings of the past Spring and the enjoyable invigorating days of the Summer.
The deciduous trees can feel the cold coming long before any mammals can detect anything. Slowly but steadily they turn-off the sap that feeds the life from roots to leaves. The chlorophyll disappears.
Green leaves now turn red, orange or yellow. The forest is rich with the bright colors that entertain but also signal the coming of winter. It is time to hibernate, hunker down by a warm wood fire for the next handful of months.
A cold snap had already visited this 7,000 foot elevation several times. The trees do not fight it. They submit to forces greater than themselves so that in the Spring they can revive and awaken to a new year.
Andy was leading the way. I stopped. He kept riding.
That is when I gratefully snapped a picture of his entering into the wonder of Autumn. There were no freeways filled with vehicles or throngs of crowds rushing to work or air controllers trying to schedule massive airliners on to a crowded runway. Instead, the sound of a smoothly running ATV carrying a good friend through the spectacular woods was a vision exclusively laid out for my eyes.
The Creator was displaying His masterpiece in motion. Add texture and depth to this rainbow of colors and I could feel my soul breathing in deeply the refreshment of life. Every human being should be so blessed.
When I reached for the key to start my ATV, I found myself smiling. Life is busy. It is full of heavy responsibility.
Decisions of major proportions no doubt were piling up on my desk back at the office. People were wondering when they could discuss the next major issue that they were wanting some direction before they pulled the trigger and committed resources. For now they had to wait while I recharged my batteries with the One who called me into His service.
photo credit: brucefong photography