September 30, 2015
THE Master Artist of Autumn
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn.” -Emily Dickinson
“Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.” ― Siobhan Vivian
God is THE Master Artist. I am reminded of this every year when Autumn begins to roll out her magical colors. Deep burgundy reds against golden yellows bordered with fiery orange hues are a feast for the eyes of the soul. Just when the heat of Summer has browned the grass and left beautiful blooms withered and spent God dips his brush into the warm hues and spreads vibrant color across nature’s canvas. As Siobhan Vivian, author and editor writes, “It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.” Even my knowing that this burst of beauty is a herald to the snows and cold of Winter does not make the Master’s painting anything less than stunning.
These are the days I revel in, when the nights lengthen and the days chill. Nature redressing herself in fiery shades is only one piece of what nurtures my soul this time of year. Autumn is a combined feast for the senses…the smell of the smoke from fireplaces that hangs over a cold morning and the aroma of my pumpkin spiced coffee also warms my spirit. This is the time of year when the spices come out of the cupboard and dance in a curry soup or snickerdoodle cookies. These are the days that my heart sings the Psalm “This is the day that the Lord has made, and I will be glad in it.” And in that spirit, today I completed an annual ritual of bringing the glories of God inside GraceStone Sanctuary. Placing a spray of leaves or mums around autumnal candles was a celebration of joy as my favorite Autumn mood music, like Shaker Loops by John Adams and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – Autumn filled the house with sounds like leaves trembling in the wind.
Ecclesiastes teaches that everything has a time and a season. This season brings a refreshing hope and joy to store up for the drearier Winter days ahead and a reminder that “God makes all things beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) My prayer is that when this season of celebration is past and my windows frame snow covered trees and gray clouds I will remember this day of vibrant color and know that THE Master Artist is always at work creating beauty in all things. May my senses be open to the blessings that surround me.
Would you like a little autumn music? Here are my favorites:
Shaker Loops Live performance of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School Of The Arts Chamber Orchestra directed by Matthew Cmiel.
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons-Autumn Live performance by Detroit Symphony Orchestra