I will share more pictures in future posts, but the picture above is one of the views that just took our breath away. There was a storm moving in and the mixture of clouds and sun was a phenomenal experience. This roadway is the Chief Joseph scenic highway not far from the northeast entrance of Yellowstone Park. This is one road that I had not traveled before and I am so grateful we took the time to venture off the beaten path.
As we enjoyed the beauty of God's creation away from home, I was quite surprised upon our return to Cheyenne to find the grass almost completely brown. It was green when we left just three days earlier. In Missouri I looked forward to dried up grass in July so the mowing would slow down. However, in Wyoming, I was still shoveling snow on Mother's Day. The first time I mowed the grass in mid-May I was dodging remaining snow drifts with the mower. It could stay green for just a little longer. I really won't mind mowing a few more times before we start shoveling snow again.
Looking at the grass was a timely reminder. We can't neglect the care of the yard (even for a few days) if we want it to stay healthy and vibrant. The same is true for our spiritual life. If we take the summer off from caring for our souls, we will wither from lack of care. I want to encourage you to continue to pray daily, attend church regularly, and stay connected with God through the reading of the Sacred Scriptures. It is important that we never take a vacation from growing in holiness. We don't want our interior life to look like the picture below.