Vacations are wonderful things if they are designed right. My vacations have always been planned around getting my head screwed back on tight, and last week was no different.
I grew up in the desert, and I love wide open spaces. The desert is beautiful! DON’T STOP READING! Yes, I said the desert is beautiful. If you think of the desert as barren and ugly, you have not stopped your busy life long enough to notice the colors and watch the shadows move and change. There is a peace in the desert that brings calm to the heart and spiritual awareness to the soul.
We traveled from Sacramento, California to Idaho Falls, Idaho last week to visit with family. It is always nice to start a trip traveling over the gorgeous Sierra Nevada mountain range, but my heart doesn’t change until we hit the desert. As soon as we drop down into the sagebrush and I feel the dry, salty desert air on my skin, the world’s troubles are miraculously lifted from my shoulders.
As I drive, I watch the shadows formed on the mountains from high clouds. Pinks, blues, purples, reds, browns, and greens can all been seen back to back in the vast space that is my desert. Each day of traveling, my world gets a little brighter. Problems melt away. Solutions become apparent. Struggles become trivial matters. Tribulations seem to get caught in the wind and blown into the vast desert space. Tense body muscles begin to relax. I begin to realize how small my problems are in comparison with the universe.
The beauty and serenity of the desert inspires and enlightens. It is a great blessing and brings me great joy. Today my “daily gratitude” is for God’s lovely desert.