Beautiful Fall


Brenda Nail DeLauder

Columnist


The view at the farm of a rising full moon, particularly the October one, is a real treat because it looks as if it comes straight up out of the swamp. I was there the night after the full moon, enjoying a lovely evening. The clear sky was dotted with stars, the air was cool and a slight breeze rustled through the trees. As the moon began to rise, it made me think of a theater curtain coming up and the show about to begin. The moon’s beauty increased while it rose, glimmering over the fields, caressing the earth with a soft light.

On a recent early morning, Pepper and I set out for our walk right before daybreak. He wears a glow pendant to help make him more visible, which he seems to like, based on his head-held-high-swagger. By the time we reached our turnaround point, the sun was just beginning to tease the scattered clouds. While we walked eastward, I was delighted to see the clouds turn rich shades of rose and orange, all lined in steel gray that intensified the vibrant colors. Soon the rising sun’s beams grew stronger, appearing to shoot golden streams of light upward. It was indeed a wonderful start to a day!

A couple of weeks ago while I was brushing Pepper on the deck, a hummingbird buzzed my head and hovered there for a second or two. This was the second time this fall it had occurred and I feel like they were saying goodbye before they headed further south on their long journey. I miss their chatter, especially after those last weeks before they left, when they challenged each other intensely. It seems so quiet after they are gone. I am in awe of these little creatures’ magnificent ability to go such long distances without stopping.

This time of year I’m busy mowing fields. I visualize troubles and problems as the biggest weeds and it gives me a chuckle to whack them down with the mighty mower blade. When I finish cutting a field, I love to go to the highest point and look over the freshly mowed area. I may head to the barn tired, but certainly filled with a sense of accomplishment and peace. Another task checked off the fall to-do list, with a whole lot of worries and problems whacked down too!

Beautiful moonlit nights, magnificent showy sunrises, fascinating tiny creatures and a successful work day are all things I love. To be able to walk outside and enjoy the glorious beauty of God’s earth is always a blessing. Everywhere I look there’s something to see, especially during the changing of the seasons. A lot of beautiful creatures are enjoying this heavy acorn year and flocks of birds are still coming through on their way south. The brilliant red berries of the dogwoods, rich golden foliage of the nut trees, orange to crimson leaves of the maples, and the enhanced scent of pines are all parts of fall’s beauty.

If you have not paid much attention to nature, maybe it’s time to start. You don’t have to walk alone, simply invite Christ to join you! It’s a wonderful time to focus on thanking Him for the beauty of the earth. It’s also a grand time to work through problems and better yet, give your troubles to the Lord. Try going unplugged, meaning no phone or earplugs for any device. Keep your focus on your surroundings and let the Holy Spirit take care of the rest. Constant communication with the world is overrated. Give God a chance and go see what the Lord has made, then rejoice in it!

Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.