Today is a warm sunny day in beautiful New England. The birds are chirping and the sun is shining, pleasant mood is in the air. Living in New England, which is the North Eastern-most part of the United States can get very confusing (at least to me). Six months of the year are an almost-wintry desert – flecks of green, some brown, lots of white. Once 3 months of winter are over, it’s a countdown till Spring…a long countdown..
But then, once the snow melts and Spring sets in, the transformation is almost magical, waves of colors on trees, on bushes, and literally everywhere! Not having grown up in these areas, I’ve only now had the pleasure of experiencing this, and the I cannot describe the joy I feel. Spring, Summer, and Fall are incredible. I get to wake up to the chirping of birds! Sometimes ducks and geese pay me visits at my front yard. I see bees busily buzzing about doing that business of collecting and pollinating. I see clouds billowing and flying by carried by the gentle breeze..Later in the year, I see a second wave of color this time from the leaves themselves rather than any flowers, and the display is simply stunning. After going through a few years of these seasonal changes, I’ve begun to realize that it’s in these two extreme climatic conditions that we see beauty. I live in this area and can appreciate what I see, but truly there is beauty in nature everywhere, and sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by this beauty and wonder what it is that we are still looking for when we can witness such beauty and still not appreciate its creator. SubhanAllah wa’Alhamdulillah! All my praises, and thanks fall short when the earth and nature itself is praising and glorifying God!