by Nan Jones @NanJonesAuthor
Sunday morning dawned with a chill in the air and frost on the pumpkins. My heart was warmed, though, as I threw on a jacket and headed out to church. Ten Thousand Reasons to Bless the Lord was blaring on the radio as I crested Chestnut Hill. I tapped the steering wheel to the beat, belting out the lyrics, enjoying my own praise and worship time and then … ?
And then my jaw dropped.
A birch tree stood on the side of the road, it’s leaves golden with autumn’s touch. Suspended in the air were dozens of birch leaves that had fallen from the tree, but were stationary midway to the ground. Just. Drifting. In. Place. The sunlight reflected off the droplets of thawing frost that fringed the leaves like honey dripping from the honeycomb. It was amazing. I don’t know how the leaves were suspended, except that they must have been caught up in a current of air that forbid them to fall.
I don’t know. I just know I was dumbfounded by the beautiful sight.
And I’ve thought about it a lot since.
Strangely, when I revisit the image of the golden leaves suspended in the chilly morning air, the verse that comes to mind is Psalm 19:10, “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”
This verse is referring to the instructions of the Lord.
Here is verse ten in context:
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.”