October Blue

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October Blue. My phrase for the sky as fall deepens. I love autumn. My favorite time of year. Just enough warmth sandwiched between crisp mornings and cool evenings. A relief from the heat of summer.

And the sky. Blue so blue it almost hurts the eyes. September days moves along the calendar and the sky sneaks closer to this blue I get lost in.

Winds grow as leaves begin changing color. Greens meld into shades of yellow, red, and orange.  My spirit seems to slow down to listen more so during fall.

But it’s the blue sky I gaze upon and breathe in the most.

I often wondered why the blue of the sky would deepen so in autumn especially after a strong storm or hurricane. I have never found a scientific answer. But I wonder if maybe the wind and rain blow away all the things that pollute our vision of the sky.

Nature mirroring life in many ways. Rains and storms not always welcomed, but necessary. Necessary to wash away aspects of life creating haze. Blurring our vision, our focus. We see the beauty, but as if we were looking through glasses that are not our own.

We may not be able to see the blue skies above the storm, but we remember. The storms sweep through, and at times suddenly while others gradually, the blue appears more clear. So we remember this blue so blue it hurts to gaze for too long. And through the remembering we also learn to trust.

But these blue skies reminding us to trust also serve another purpose I think. Preparing us for the coming winter. There will again be days where grey seems to never end. We need to remember those brilliant blue skies of autumn. We need to trust that they are there even though our eyes can not see them.

October Blue. A gift after the storms and a reminder to trust. Even through the grey He will bring a blue so blue it will take our breath away if we still ourselves enough to gaze and breathe it in.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways. And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB)

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