Blue and I approached the rusty gate at the edge of the meadow. Tall grass swayed in the breath of God. Black-eyed susans winked their hellos. Graceful Queen Ann’s lace added their elegance to the rustic surround while an intense magenta and tangerine sky announced the transition from day to night.
I wiped the sweat trickling down my forehead. Hot, sticky air reflected my attitude. I felt desperate for the day to end so I could squelch the fear that crept along my heart’s edge. I wanted the stress to be over. I wanted the conflict within me – that battle of flesh and spirit – to be done with. I wanted to know in my knower that the One who holds my future has it all under control.
By the gate grow several young saplings and a thick grove of staghorn sumac. Blue and I were only feet away when, much to our surprise, out from the branches, brilliant yellow wings took flight. Loud rustling of leaves filled the air. Glory filled the sky. A flock of goldfinches burst on the scene and sought refuge in the shadows of the nearby apple tree. A single blur of cobalt blue ascended to the giant maple on our right.
Blue and I were mesmerized. All one hundred pounds of chestnut fur stopped and joined me with an upward gaze. Out from the shadows came a melodious concert that settled upon me and Blue like a cloak of peace from the Father. The finches sang in unison while the bluebird echoed their song of praise.
I breathed in the Presence of God.
“When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you, from Jordan depths to Hermon heights including Mount Mizar. Chaos calls to chaos, to the tune of whitewater rapids. Your breaking surf, your thundering breakers crash and crush me. Then God promises to love me all day, sing songs all through the night! My life is God’s prayer.” ~ Psalm 42:6-8, The Message
As the celestial amphitheater of magenta and tangerine morphed into inky shades of gray, I felt God’s embrace and I knew that in the night His song would always be with me.
Father, thank You for Your Presence, Your faithfulness and especially Your love. Your love amazes me. Cause my spirit to rise up to meet You and enter into Your praise. Your song IS with me in the night. Praise You Lord for that revelation. You are an awesome God. Thank You.
If you received Morning Glory via email, please visit the Morning Glory page to worship with Rush of Fools as they sing “Peace Be Still”. This video is chocked full of scriptures that will encourage you and give you strength for the journey. Bless you, sweet friend.
Ceil, it was incredible! I'm assuming they were beginning to migrate because there was at least a dozen of them. Blue rarely stands still, but he got caught up in the moment too. 🙂
I love this sentence, "I breathed in the Presence of God." Thank you for sharing Nan <3
That's exactly what it felt like Marcie. His Presence was so strong!
Simply one word needs to be said about God and about your beautiful writing: REMARKABLE. 🙂 I Love you.
Oh Christina, thank you so much. I love you too.