Yanking a shopping cart lose with my plastic gloved hands from the train of them stacked by the side of the store, I pushed into the grocery store prepared to hunt down my list and make a quick exit. However, I wasn’t planning on the greeting of autumn sprawling in the aisles before me. The colors seeped into my messy soul and squeezed out the worries still accosting me in this most beautiful season of the year. Bright yellows, rusty oranges, light lavenders, and brown-eyed sunflowers grinned their welcome to my favorite season of the year. My steps slowed as I drank in the beauty that washed away the tension bombarding me in throbbing news blurbs on my phone.
Here was the escape I longed for–in the grocery store. God’s beauty and peace penetrated deep into my soul in a most unusual place. My pace slowed as I rounded the vegetables making a mental note to return to this haven before leaving. On my jaunt around the store, I found the glossy rounded symbols of Autumn on sale. Two large almost perfect pumpkins. I heaved them into my basket delighted at their sight and the promise of stress relief in my favorite season. I began picturing my Fall decor throughout our home and could hardly wait to pull the boxes out from under our storage space below the stairs.
“Behold I am with you and will keep you wherever you go,” Genesis 28:15
It felt like I had been living in a cave before that excursion. In times when the world crushes us, I was not meditating on God’s word throughout the day nor listening to praise music that would have drowned out the obnoxious noises disturbing me. Our youth pastor had recently taught on David’s cave experience and how we could probably all relate during this pressing time. David was hiding from Saul who was spewing noxious threats to kill David. Instead of planning an attack on his enemy, as his friends suggested, David penned some of the most beautiful Psalms crying out to God in his distress, wondering if God was listening, and then surrendering his fears to God in trust and praise. When David had been given the opportunity to kill Saul who entered one of the caves, while Saul slept, David merely cut a strip from Saul’s outer garment to demonstrate his trust in God’s timing and his faithfulness to God’s anointed king until the Lord moved David into his rightful place.
I was more than ready to move from that dreadful cave into the light of God’s promises with the splendor of His majestic color surrounding me. I deleted a news app from my phone that was stressing me. The noise was gone and God’s word was moving into the empty spaces with songs of praise.
When I wrapped up my jaunt through the grocery aisles and had filled my basket with home necessities, I took a final pass through the hall of Autumn alive. I grabbed my camera from my purse, wondering how many people would be staring at me–only a few–and snapped photos of my new-found treasures. Now I can glance at my phone and see the serene photos of Autumn instead of being blasted with news designed to create anxiety.