Where did the time go? How did the summer fly by so fast? Why can’t the weather cooperate and remain warm, bright and sunny longer? Don’t get me wrong, I love autumn, but family time at the lake happens during the summer months. As my sister and I prepare the cottage for the upcoming season of winter, the feeling of loss is in the air.
We didn’t get up to the lake house as often as we wanted. Life’s obligations and work schedules blocked the moments. Trying not to feel sadness, we giggle at the fact that we couldn’t put away the paddle boat that had tipped over and was now filled with water from rain. How did we let this happen? We just ran out of that precious commodity called time.
Seasons change in Indiana and fall is definitely here. There’s a slight chill in the air and the rustling sound of leaves resonates as we put away the outdoor furniture and swept the piles of fallen leaves and acorns from the driveway. The young men from the boat facility arrived and loaded up the pontoon for winter storage. My sister and I stood still and silently watched the boat being pulled down the road. It was a symbol of another summer disappearing before our very eyes.
The gloominess of the gray sky set the tone for the mood. Gazing across the lake, suddenly, as if God opened my eyes, a feeling of hope swept over me. The colorful autumn leaves announced the beauty in the moment. It was as if God was saying, “Soak in the colors and drink in the fresh, clean air! Empty out the water in the paddle boat and sing My Praises! Today is the day that the Lord has made!”
It is up to me and to each of us to not dwell on the “what-could-have been or should-have-been” thoughts. Don’t miss the surprise or the blessing in the present moment. The famous author and playwright, Tennessee Williams said, “Life is a memory, except for the present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.” Don’t let any moment be thought of as less than a gift.