Posts tagged ‘sunset’

Ranch “date”

Ranch date – working together

  • water gap repair – soil erosion slowed
  • cool breeze
  • cerulean blue sky fading from east to west to slate blue and then charcoal
  • towering castles in the sky with white tops and gray heavy bottoms
  • violet mountains and coral clouds
  • red ochre baked soil fading to a soft terra cotta
  • pearlescent clouds washed to a silvery gray
  • basso rumble of bulls and tenor bawl of calves, cows answering
  • coyotes “singing”
  • flame sky in east and twilight in west
  • job well done
  • nighthawks talking
  • velvet lips, affectionate pats
  • comfortable silence
    • peace, purpose, holy space
    • dusty clothes, dirty hands
    • content hearts
  • sunset reflectionwater gap2water gapsoniawashflame sky

Thankful for a Flat Tire

The other night we drove up to the forest to check on our mamma moos and their water situation. Ended up with a flat on the Polaris Ranger. Well, at least you can drive on those…..slowly…. It took us 2 hours to get home, which is usually twenty minutes tops. Of course at first I took a big deep breath. It was late afternoon on a gorgeous April day. My son was concerned at first and fussing at me about not having a portable air compressor, time of day etc.. I told him to quite complaining, we could still make it home. We started noticing the breeze, doves, the spring green up of the grass. Clouds over in New Mexico (yes we can see that far) were actually storm clouds and as we tooled along they went from puffy and white to an actual anvil head cumulonimbus thunderhead to disapating and shredded by the wind. We listened to crickets and then my boy “mooed” his way through the theme for “How the West was Won” and walked behind and alongside. We talked about how that was the pace covered wagons and calvary columns traveled and how long it would take to get cross country. Plenty of hugs and kisses.

The sky changed from blue to peachy pink, to slate blue, to glorious yellow over the mountains as the sun slid away. It was just twilight when we pulled in the gate at home, thankful for a flat tire.

Sunset Psalms or Where Does my help come from?

Many times when I’m myself crabby, emotional, or plain wore out, I find if I get outside and into the sunshine or rain my spirit lifts. Some might say I just need more vitamin D, and they’d probably be right. Even so, wether it’s vitamins or perspective both are God’s provision. When I consider the hills, clouds, plants, full moon, cattle, or Arizona’s stunning, incomparable sunsets my soul is refreshed and I am reminded of the Psalmists words in Psalm 21, a Psalm of ascent pilgrims would sing while walking to Jerusalem for temple feasts, particularly passover.  “I lift my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He does not let my foot stumble and he never sleeps. Indeed, the Lord, the keeper of Israel, neither slumbers nor sleeps. The Lord is my keeper, He is my shade on my right hand. The sun shall not strike me by day nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep me from all harm and watches over my life. The lord protects both my going out and coming in forevermore.”  The Sonia version—“I look to the mountains and sky – where does help come from? My help comes from the Lord, Jehovah, creator of all things. He, my Lord and God, will not let my feet stumble for He does not sleep. He watches, keeps, and protects me. He is at my right hand, keeping me from sun burn or moon madness. He cares for me and my health, physical, emotional, and mental. The Lord, Jehovah nissi, is my banner and will watch over me all my days, both now and forevermore.”