A Little Perspective

I’ve driven across the country 21 times now; every time I am astounded again by the artistry and diversity of the landscape. From the majestic mountains of the Mojave desert and the sunsets of West Texas to the rolling hills of California, there is much to soak in and thank God for.

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On this trip, the drive through the desert (always my favorite part) was extra special. Due to some unusual rainfall in the area, the hills and mountains were covered in grass so green I found myself wondering if it was real.

The brown hills of the I-5 had been completely transformed from this:

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via Les Schwab 

To this:

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via Pinterest

I dared not try to capture the scenery with my mediocre iPhone photography. Even pro photos don’t do it justice.

Imagine! Lying just beneath the surface of the desert dryness are seeds, ever ready. With just a little bit of rainfall, the entire landscape is transformed (into something I imagine heaven to look like).

I wonder if you could turn that into a metaphor for the dry spells of our lives?

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it…

Isaiah 35:1-2a. 

Another highlight of the trip was taking my niece and nephew up to my favorite lil spot on planet earth, Muir Woods National Monument.

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Once again, I didn’t try to take photos. The trees are just too big, too majestic. If you have never been to a redwood or sequoia forest, put it on your bucket list right now. Muir Woods offers a short 1.5 mile walk that I personally believe every human should experience at least once in their life.

The best part was that my nephew seemed to enjoy it as much as me. As I walked him through the forest, he bounced his legs and arms and gurgled almost constantly.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. 

-John Muir 

 

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

4 thoughts on “A Little Perspective”

  1. How well said! I can testify that all is true. I love the contrast of the brown hills vs. the verdant green hills, and the beautiful reflections of the seed always ready to spring up as a reminder of life’s new beginnings. What a wordsmith you are, my dear Susanna. I might be a little biased, but I know it’s really true.

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  2. Thank you for the metaphor about the dry spells in our life. It was much needed today. You never know when what you write will help someone! And please, continue your education. It doesn’t matter how. I guarantee that with time comes the perspective that hiccups on our paths are to be expected and, in hindsight, the significance of any setback fades dramatically. Enroll at a local community college. Enroll in a course for credit online. Keep moving forward, if even if it’s just one course at a time. Continue to look for the best match of field of interest and school for you — this is a very individual thing, and not all fields of study or schools are a good fit for everyone alike. It doesn’t matter how fast or slowly you proceed, and it doesn’t matter how long it might take. Also of no matter are various diversions to brief dead ends or delays on cul de sacs. Go easy on yourself, turn around, and simply venture off in another direction. But be brave and move forward. Do move forward.

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    1. Thank you Kelly for your warm thoughts. I am determined to continue my education one way or another. I may take a break to try real estate, but I am vigorously self-studying topics that interest me and reading lots of books from the library. I still dream of becoming a middle school teacher one day. Thank you for encouraging me to continue to press onward. Your words mean a lot!

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