The Angle of Illumination
My wife and I were having breakfast Saturday morning, and as I had my back to the window she sat in wonder peering out. “Look at all those leaves falling!” she exclaimed with childlike exhilaration. The muscles in my stomach tightened up, and I thought to myself that I would just enjoy the rest of my breakfast before I turned to see my next yard project, raking! After a few more bites, I mustered up the courage to turn and face my project, and to my amazement the oak tree in the yard made the whole backyard look like one of those toy snow shakers. It was a flurry of cascading yellow and brown. After nearly a minute, something caught my eye. The changing angle of the sun illuminated a squirrel’s nest in the crook of the big oak tree. They must have constructed their summer home sometime during the spring or early summer, but because of my busyness or the direct sunlight of the summer I never noticed it.
As we enter into the vernal equinox, the crispness and clarity of the air and the changing path of the sun allow us to see new angles and perspectives of our everyday life. I take this opportunity to slow down a bit and enjoy this new perspective that illuminates not just our outer world, but my inner life, too.