Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Purple Cotton Balls

I peered out the kitchen window this morning to find the most unreal sunrise I have seen in a long time. We always get a great view off the deck of the sun (or moon) rising. It's really neat.

Curtis took a peek and said "There are purple cotton balls in the sky!" The clouds were so fluffy; orange where the sun was peeking and gradually becoming pink and purple as you moved away from the burst of orange. I drove east as I do every morning and couldn't keep my eyes off the sky. As it slowly moved to my left, as I drove west again towards the lake shore, it was even harder to keep my eyes on the road. I was in such awe.

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Sometimes, life stresses me out. In fact, I might even say that I am stressed out a lot. I always have been a bit of the high-strung type. It's that left-brained thing, I think.

After a stressful day at work yesterday, and the lack in feeling like I have anything to say at all here; I needed to see that sunrise this morning. It reminded me that the stress is only temporary. That there is something much bigger out there for me, and for my family. Sometimes, we all need that reminder. The reminder that there is something larger than life working His way off in those purple cotton balls. The constant reminder that God has a plan, and that things work themselves out. Something that I have taken 28 years to learn, and something that I am still learning.... To have patience with life.

The sunrise received my thanks this morning. Thanks for reminding me to be patient; and to take it all in.

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Today is also the 1 year anniversary of my Grandaddy's death. He was an amazing, wise and noble man and 1 year later he is missed very much. Perhaps it was him who sent the purple cotton balls my way today. In fact, I know it was him.

5 comments:

Karrie said...

Amen! Well said Emily.

apt said...

Purple cotton balls soaked in love and peace for your heart. Lovely gift from your grandfather.
What's the phone number for Heaven? We should totally make sure my grandparents and your grandparents set up a bridge game.

I remember reading his obit last year Em, and he was, indeed, a man of strength and integrity.

marieosborn said...

Aww, Em...when my niece was just barely learning to talk, I was driving her home one day and it was black and rainy outside. My grandmother had passed away when Savannah was about a year old, so Savannah really did not get to know her. Anyways, a single ray of sunshine peeked through the clouds, and Savannah just kept pointing at it and saying "see me." Finally she said, "Gramma see me." To this day, she insists that whenever sunshine peeks through like that, it's Grandma and Grandpa who are watching over her....

Just know there are prayers for you being sent up from Indy...

Anonymous said...

Emily- Thank you for sharing this story with all of us. ~ Heather

Amanda said...

Cute picture! I love how your grandma looks :)