On top of that, it wasn’t my kind of day weather-wise. Overcast, drab skies as far as the eye could see. Lack of sunshine muted everything from the coats of many colors displayed on the trees to my mood. Sometimes days like this just make me want to cocoon inside my comfy, cozy home not wanting to venture out. Yes, it was that kind of day.
But this chore needed accomplished ASAP. So I put on my ‘happy face,’ grabbed my purse, and headed out. Even with subdued surroundings though, I couldn’t help but notice the fall foliage around me as I drove.
I arrived at the place where the chore needed completed and wouldn’t you know it? Those confounded computers that held the key to accomplishing my task decided to be finicky. Just my luck. The lady who helped me tried everything and it took much longer than necessary to accomplish the task.
But I made a choice. Either I could continue being grumpy and complain which wouldn’t help the situation and would probably make that business’ employee grouchy as well or I could laugh and joke about the situation. I chose the latter.
She laughed along with me and some of the other co-workers kidded, “You two are having too much fun out there!”
I left smiling. Yes, it took time out of my day. Yes, it cost me dollars I didn’t want to cough up. And yes, it took way longer than necessary. But my outlook changed because my disposition improved.
I started humming on the drive home even while the windshield wipers beat a monotonous cadence. And then I began to really see the scenery along the way and that visual side of me noticed some spots that demanded capture by my camera.
As soon as I got home, I grabbed my camera bag, threw it in the car, and headed back out again in the countryside for another drive. I pulled over at the side of the road and stepped out of my car.
Sure it was drizzling. And it wasn’t exactly warm with temperatures hovering around 50 degrees. And there were mud puddles everywhere. I could get dragged down in the murky dismal day if I let myself, but again I made a choice. I chose to keep wiping the rain spots off my camera lens and continue clicking.
I doubted whether my photos would have punch because I feared I had waited too long to shoot those fall reds, yellows, rusts, and oranges. Already many leaves have fallen off the trees.
But I still kept walking along and shooting. I came upon a parked pickup truck with company signage on the side of it and a gentleman came around the truck asking me if where he had parked was blocking my access to a driveway (he thought it was mine). I answered no, that I was just taking some photos and pointed in the direction of a stand of trees.
And he replied, “Isn’t it beautiful?” So we stood there in the misting rain on a day that seemed so lackluster and discussed the leaves and their finery. He worked for an engineering company and shared that he sure enjoyed the scenery on his trip down here to my neck of the woods. That’s when I noticed his license plate – Vermont.
“Oh,” I replied, “I bet our colors don’t hold a candle to yours.”
On the contrary, he said the leaves this year just turned brown and fell off the trees where he lived. That’s why he was enjoying our fall foliage so much because he missed seeing theirs.
After a friendly wave goodbye, I walked back to my car and drove home thinking over my afternoon. Going out for that chore turned into a blessing.
I believe God used that chore just to remind me that no matter how dismal things look, a change in attitude does wonders. And He placed that engineer in my path so I would remember that even when the world seems dim, He gives us so much for which to be grateful.
Even rainy, downcast days. Legs to use for walking. Eyes to see His beauty. Cameras to capture that beauty. And a truck from Vermont to remind me to appreciate what the Lord provides.
“The grateful heart that springs forth in joy is not acquired in a moment; it is the fruit of a thousand choices.” – Nancy Leigh DeMoss