Sunday, September 13, 2015
Anyone in western Kentucky is enjoying one of those days that is simply indescribable. Worship, rest, play, visit, work – whatever we are doing today, is a notch better than usual due to the combination of warm sun and cool breeze. This is the time of year, as I’ve always said, when I come to life and my writing picks up a little. After church I made a small lunch and we hit the patio chairs for a sunny snooze. (Boy are we getting old or what?) After an hour or so – who’s counting? – my writer’s bug bit me, and here it is.
Monday, September 14, 2015: OK, rather than remain seated yesterday to finish writing, I chose to call for a couple of bright-eyed fellow fun-lovers to finish off that scrumptuous slice of day. Knowing my younger great-niece wanted to learn to ride her bike without training wheels, I ended up with two giggling little girls and running a “keep up with the wobbly bike” marathon. I really didn’t think I could run any more than a few feet, but when a five-year old trusts you to catch her, you run along side for all you’re worth! It now comes to me that the rest and meditation earlier in the afternoon prepared me for the run of the day. Aha, Lord, I believe I see yet another everyday proof of your wisdom! The more we stop to meditate on your word, storing up your truth, donning the whole armor of God as in Ephesians 6: 10-20, the more we are able to withstand, persevere, and become ambassadors for the gospel of Christ in this race of life.
Perhaps, at this point I want to insert what I wrote Sunday as I sat with my husband after lunch.
I know I should be doing something, but I am completely mesmerized by this day.
I’ve watched the tufts of white clouds which appeared as hypnotized as I, slip magically away.
We’ve basked ourselves in the perfectly warm sun, and cooled under the umbrella, with the breeze.
I’ve listened to that first faint rustle of the drying pre-autumn leaves.
We watched the busy hummingbirds chase each other away, sip and chat loudly – proclaiming victory or daring others to play.
The cat is just as contented as I to merely watch the butterflies ; and I hear my husband whisper ‘thank you Lord’ resting body, mind and eyes.
So, a deep breath again, I enjoy the aroma of a distant tobacco barn in the sweet cool September air,
As I watch a little brown and yellow moth explore my hand, test and taste without a care.
He now perches on my pen as I dawdle, and then write (for that is what I do);
And I think to myself, for all of this and so much more, Heavenly Father I thank you!
The cat now ready to do life again pounces on a grasshopper, and I’m entertained by the two.
My husband, now strengthened from his rest, gone to whatever he had to do.
Like the Lord’s sabbath and His will for us so still to be
and know that He is God, must be why He provided such a day of tranquility.
“Be still and know that I am God;” Psalms 46:10
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight oh Lord my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalms 19:14 (emphasis mine)
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork…” Psalms 19:1
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Today would have been my Mama’s 84th birthday. She had a bitter-sweet taste for these beautiful days of Fall. She had loved this time of year so much, then she lost her daddy in October and later her mother and sweet sister in two years of Septembers. Fall took on a cloak of sadness for her; although she still was comforted by the beauty in it. So today Mama, I know you feel the warmth and bliss that you once did on days like this; when you were young, full of faith and hope. But now young forever, knowing now the one in whom your faith took hold, and all your hopes now live fulfilled. I’m so blessed to be your daughter, and a daughter of the King who created all this that is good.