During the summer months, St. Louisans do not normally choose to spend much time outdoors–at least not during the day. Heat and humidity add up to a big “No thanks!” But so far this summer has been the exception. Many nights have brought the temperatures down below 60 degrees, and the mornings that follow those nights are to me sheer heaven.
Not only has this enhanced my early morning walks. It’s also lured me out onto the deck for my quiet time. What makes it worth lugging a table out there? What is it about the great outdoors that brings such inspiration? Towering trees, the caress of a cool breeze, cloud puffs floating across a blue sky–somehow these lead us into the presence of One who is both infinitely powerful and boundlessly good. The great outdoors becomes a gentle reminder that we are dearly loved.
17 July 2014 at 8:03 pm
I know what you mean. We have a deck that defies description for its beautiful surroundings. It’s great for quiet time, but also for eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, for container gardening, for moon-watching, for painting pictures, for painting one’s toenails! And, for reading, reading, reading.