Today, I am two weeks into my study leave. I am sitting in a local coffee shop in Tuscon, Arizona. I walked earlier this morning here and have been drinking coffee, reading and writing while looking at the Catalina mountains. A beautiful day, the sky is bright blue with clouds drifting across. The mountains dominated the view majestic and strong.
Certainly I am not in Kansas. I am here with Andrew staying with friends that make these few days possible. Often I am not good about accepting invitations. I love offering them, but making myself get out of my own routine and rut is not always easy. When my friends found out I would have this study leave they immediately invited us to come down and stay with them. Having offered numerous times, I was excited and blessed to say yes.
Tuscon offers the right amount of warm days and cool nights to enjoy. The sun shines bright and the landscape so different than I am used to.
Even the United Methodist Church I attended looks much different than the churches in the midwest. The sanctuary looks out upon the mountains.
Different scenery and different climate don’t necessarily make me think differently, but allow my imagination to go in new ways. My heart and spirit soars looking at the mountains and taking in those amazing saguaro cactus. I am breathing and praying and pondering and wondering and being amazed at this wonderful world we live in.
So today, I am grateful for the warm sun, the blue sky, the green cacti and the space and time to read, write, rest and ponder anew God’s amazing grace.