It was a beautiful weekend, a beautiful last few days. A gift in November, really! I often associate this month with grays, the drab undergarments of the winter to come.
And I was surprised by beauty.
The sun shone. It cast bright shadows on the lake and hills, creating warmth and light. And I was captivated by it, and drank it in.
This picture was taken coming home to Vernon from Kelowna on Sunday afternoon. My little camera does not do it justice. The moon hung low and heavy and you could see it's details against the deep winter-blue sky. It made you want to reach out and touch it, it felt so close, and yet so many millions of miles away.
It drew me to the word antidote. Wikipedia defines it this way: "An antidote is a substance which can counteract a form of poisoning." To drink in or take in beauty - what a beautiful antidote to weariness that so often overtakes us... for some it is deep sorrow or challenges, for others just life itself, with all it's challenges.
We are so easily "poisoned" by the heaviness of life. It is real. I had someone ask me the other day if I believed God could exist in a world of such sorrow. These are the difficult questions of people in pain. I have come to believe that God doesn't cause pain and sorrow, but He is present in our suffering. We live in a broken world. And He gives us a powerful antidote - beauty, creation, love... to drink in, to ease the weariness, to bring joy. We just have to open our eyes and our hearts to see it.