I absolutely love fall. It is definitely my favorite season. I love the leaves changing and I love the temperature which is perfect for a few weeks. Football season is in full swing and pumpkin everything is available to consume.
Throughout the entire season, which is incredibly short, I am always keenly aware winter is coming. I’m not referencing Game of Thrones. I’m talking about the sun going down way too early in the day and freezing temperatures.
I hate winter. I live in Tennessee and I don’t think I can handle living north of here. If I am forced to wear a jacket it’s too cold. I’m aware that makes me soft but I don’t care. Cold weather is terrible so I don’t want to hear how cold it gets in Ohio or Boston.
The church we attend offers a Saturday night service when the Titans have a home game so we went to it this past week. Typically, Sunday morning is when we go to church but this week my Sunday morning was wide open.
We slept in then Morgan made some awesome waffles (which makes any day great). I watched the NFL game that was on because they were playing in London and drank some coffee. It was a phenomenal morning. I’m a simple man…clearly.
I went for a run around 11:30 AM and I was shocked how warm it was outside. It didn’t feel like late October which was more than fine by me. I’m not sure if it was because I drank too much coffee earlier in the morning and my senses were on high alert but I was blown away by the beauty I saw.
Even though it was a perfect day I saw almost nobody while running near my house and through the greenway. There was not a cloud in the sky and I was seemingly alone. I know some people say they feel close to God in nature but honestly that has never been me. I love central heat and air much more than being outside so I don’t typically feel that way. However, I did Sunday.
I was listening to One Republic and their song, “If I Lose Myself” came on. The song begins, “I stared up at the sun, Thought of all the people, places and things I’ve loved.”
I thought about my family in particular and how blessed I am. I can’t imagine being in a better situation. I don’t know how to describe it but it was simply a beautiful moment.
I typically run so I will feel good afterwards. I hate to run but I love having ran. Normally about halfway through my run I’m wondering why I can’t be content laying on the couch eating Doritos and watching some terrible reality show.
This past Sunday was not that way. It was a euphoric feeling being outside in the midst of it all. The beauty of the day and the realization of every blessing in my life crashed into me while I was running. Every step I took I felt closer to God. The colors from the sun and the sky mixed with the foliage was blinding. I wasn’t running I was floating in God’s creation.
Even if you are like me and rarely notice even the most picturesque views, try to see it this week. You will be surprised how much a sunset can speak to you.