I sloshed the dish water with brisk flips of my wrist. Bubbles bubbled. Warm water soothed. The scent of lavender vanilla relaxed the tension infusing my thoughts. 

As I ran the dishcloth over each plate, my mind wandered through the windowpane, over the grassy slope, down to the old apple tree by our shed. Naked branches reached towards the heavens, silhouetted against the setting sun. In that moment, my hands stopped their sloshing. My head turned curiously to the right and I leaned into the counter to get a better look. I could see several small apples hanging in the shadows of the tree – small globes, ornament like.

Yes! Ornaments. Apples making a statement.

These apples were shriveled and brown, but they remained – stoically reminding the world who they are. Apples. Tart, crunchy, mountain apples. 

Even though this is not the season to bear fruit, they are still apples clinging to the apple tree.

And their silhouette appears as an ornament, an adornment, a declaration of God’s purpose for their existence.

Tears began to flow freely. Oh, Lord, remind me who I am. Remind me that I belong to You and that my life has purpose, a plan. Remind me that You are with me and You have everything going according to plan. I want my life to be an adornment – a proclamation made from the shadows, stoically refusing to be anything other than what You created me to be – a daughter of the Most High God. Let my life reflect Your glory and Your faithfulness. Restore me, Lord. As I rest in Your shadow, silhouetted against the setting sun, remind me who I am. I am Yours, and You are mine. Yes, Lord, I belong to You.

Dear one, you, too are a child of the Most High God – an heir to His throne. He has an eternity of blessings prepared just for you. When the world screams, “Where is your God?”, you can answer with certainty that He is right there with you, holding your hand, comforting your heart, turning your darkness into the brilliant light streaming from His presence. He will never abandon you, nor forsake you. You are His and He is yours.

You belong to Him.

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,’ even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness is not dark with You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.” ~ Psalm 139:7-12


If you received Morning Glory via email, please visit the Morning Glory  page. I’m featuring Jason Gray singing, “Remind Me Who I Am”. If you’ve never heard this song, you are in for a treat – an awesome reminder that you belong to the Most High God.