Thunder and lightening, winds grabbing at tree branches, a wild night keeps deep sleep at bay. A soggy dark grey morning greets us. A fire in the little stove warms the cabin air as the rains pour from above. River churns as the winds play rough. No going out on it today.
Sipping a hot cup of coffee on the window enclosed porch relaxes. Lord all this rain a gift for the earth, and I cannot complain. Yes, it keeps me inside, but that’s ok. It’s not my plan, and work will not get done; but I trust You and Your timing for things.
“Mary, grab your rain gear, lets walk in the woods”, calls Jesus. The sound of the steady downpour and the dripping leaves is calming and up-lifting. The scent of pines permeates the air. Our crooked path with roots crossing and rocks sticking their heads up is a little treacherous in the rain. There’s enough greenery to keep mud away, but its slick nonetheless. “Listen”, says Jesus. Closing my eyes I focus on listening. “Lord, I hear dripping and the steadiness of the rain. Bird songs calling; there is no other sound.”
John 14:27 (NKJV)
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
“Listen,” He says. “Take in the sound of rain in the trees, dripping of water off the leaves, store it within your soul for the dry and dusty times of life.”
“Lord, I open my mind for all that You have for me. I’ll stand and just concentrate on the music of the rain for awhile. Meditating on what You are teaching me, Jesus, I see the need to slow down and be still more often. Slow down my mind. Reach in and pull out the anointing of this moment: Move more leisurely along life’s path always listening for Your voice, Lord. Thank You, Jesus!”
What are you missing in a fast paced life?