As I disrobed the mantel I stood back and announced to my husband I was feeling a symmetrical scape coming on. “I don’t like symmetry” he said. “Me neither” I replied.
We are not people who decorate or do much all in a row, balanced and in symmetry.
It’s just not in my wheelhouse. Nonetheless I plugged on scavenging my house for anything in sets of two. My source list is below.
The lack of balance isn’t only in my decorating. It’s a reflection of my life at times. We all struggle with balance.
When I look at the one pinecone in the middle of this fall mantel it represents Christ in our life. All else should radiate outward from there. The bowl and platter are our family and friends. Moving to the outer edges, our other to-dos hang out there. Perched on top of those pumpkins. Piling up and up and up.
One more to-do and BAM – out of balance.
As I marinated on this mantel scenario the last few days I waited for God to tell me what to do about this problem we all have. The problem of getting our self out of symmetry. Tipping the scale out of whack.
This morning I had the rare occasion of waking up all alone in my house. My people scattered out in various places. When I opened the back door to let the dog out I was greeted by the first cool morning of Fall. I decide to plop myself outside to enjoy my coffee and soak up this surprise gift.
That’s when I saw my little friend. A hummingbird that has racked up some frequent flier miles back and forth to the flowers on our back patio.
Have you ever tried to photograph a hummingbird?
I’m sure you can imagine – there is nothing easy about it. As I sat and prayed I kept my camera close by and tried repeatedly to get a good shot of greased lightening.
“I wish she would just sit still for a moment, ” I thought, “so I could see how beautiful she is.”
And there you have it.
That’s what God wants for us to do. He wants us to just sit still every once and a while so he can relish in us. There in lies the key to balance.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:24
When we sit still at the feet of the King and ask him to search our hearts He will show us where we are out of balance, spinning our wheels, being busy at things that hold no eternal value. Only God can truly master our schedule and to-do list. Christ alone can call out and cull out the frivolous, busy work in our life.
Today make time to be still, asking God to reveal the things you need to let go and shed light on what needs more attention. His answer may be challenging, but a life in balance is so much more rewarding than one that is out of control. A schedule run through God’s hands is never heavy or off kilter.
I did get a picture of the flittering hummingbird. She was glorious to watch as she went about her work. But wow, was she a sight to see a rest.
The garland is trim, removed for a $5 garage sale gold damask comforter. You’ll see more of it later. You can check out a pillow made from it here. The pinecones were collected by my little hunters on a junk outing with friends. The white finials are from the footboard we made into a bench. The gigantic shell casings used to hold the pheasant feathers are from a Round Top excursion. The pumpkins are fake. Mainly because real ones aren’t out yet and I’m impatient. Also because I got them for 50% off at Michael’s. They had cute white, black and these orange ones. The sewing pattern flowers are always laying around my house. My son found the ginormous acorns last year and I’ve held on to them because they are incredible. The aluminum bowl and cup plus the large white platter are $1 each from garage sales.
In case you would like some extra inspiration today…here is a great Fall Ideas Tour you can check out. There is a little something for everyone in this talented filled tour!
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