Beauty in all seasons

Winter is challenging for many people.  The day are shorter and the nights are longer.  Here in Delta we also experience rain, cold, fog and sometimes even ice and snow.
Bushes and trees may have less leaves and flowers are mostly found indoors.
However if we care to look we can still see great beauty in every day, not just in the eagles, owls, jays and shorebirds but in the people we know and meet.
There is beauty in a smile, a kind word, a thoughtful phone call or a little gift of flowers.
King David who wrote many of the Psalms in the Bible, often had many troubles, people who wanted to take over his kingdom, rebellious family members, personal problems which he had created and inevitably the pains and discomfort of his senior years.
However he found beauty and meaning in his life by looking outwards, not inwards.  He wrote in Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
Are you struggling to find beauty and meaning in life?  Try looking outwards instead of inwards.  Take another look at the people in your life who express kindness towards you.  Look for the good in people rather than their many failures. Marvel at the creatures and the changing landscape.  Most of all look at the GOD who created you. You can read about him in the Bible, the Word of God and you can know him by looking at his creation and by talking to him.  We call this prayer, communicating with the one person who knows all about you,.  He loves you in an amazing way that you may never understand but you can still thank him for it.
Knowing God will enable you to see beauty in all the seasons of your life and into eternity.