God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Be Still

This verse is often thought of during times of stress ... times when our world seems to be falling apart.  It is indeed a helpful verse to remember during such times.  However, I think its message means so much more than that.  

I believe God wants us to be still ... to take a look around us & see Him in His creation.  I sit in my recliner in the early hours of the morning & I hear the birds singing, each one singing a different song, but they are all blending together & it is such a blessing to hear them & to think of how God made each one & gave them each their own special song.  They are singing songs of praise to Him, don't ya know   : )     

John & I like to sit in our rockers on the front porch at this time of year & we often hear neighbors' cows mooing, or their chickens clucking, or their roosters crowing, or their horses whinnying.  We see hawks soaring overhead.  We watch the ground hog come out of her den underneath our farm trees & make her way down to a neighbor's pond.  Sometimes deer carefully wander through the yard & we dare not make any sudden moves to scare them away.  A fox visits every now & then & we marvel at his beauty.  These are all God's creatures.  He created each & every one. 

Although I love winter, I am sometimes awed by what I see in other seasons.  Now it is spring, & every day it seems that all the trees & flowers & bushes grow a little greener, a little fuller, a little taller.  We watch the birds collecting various materials to make their nests, & if we are very, very careful, we can find one & take a peek at mama bird sitting on her eggs.  The air smells sweet, the sky is a beautiful blue.

The summer ... well, for me it's miserable for the most part.  I hate the heat.  However, the summer brings fresh vegetables, & flowers in the garden.  The butterflies rest on every bloom, each butterfly displaying gorgeous, brilliant colors.  Bees buzz from flower to flower, collecting nectar & going off to their nests to make their delicious honey.  Sometimes we will have a storm.  The wind will blow, the sky will darken, & there will be loud claps of thunder, bright streaks of lightning, & the rain will seem to come down in buckets.  It's a marvelous thing to think that the intensity of a storm is nothing compared to the intensity of our Lord's power. 

In the fall, many of the birds fly south for the winter.  We love to hear the geese honking & see them flying in formation.  In fact, if I am unencumbered at the moment & I hear the geese honking, I run to the window or out onto the porch to watch them fly by. The leaves on the trees turn brilliant colors & eventually fall on the ground.  The fall brings a wonderful scent of it's own.  I can't describe it, but it's a wonderful gift for our senses.

If we are still ... & if we make ourselves aware ... we can see God in all these things, & more.  We can be awed by His love for us. We can feel His presence.  We can know Him.

I wish you all a very blessed Sunday!             

19 comments:

Vickie said...

Such a vivid post Shirlee. Just this morning the birds started their pre-dawn singing. I praised God for their lullaby which helped me fall back asleep.

Teresa Loe said...

I just became a follower of your blog. I find it very uplifting every Sunday morning to read your mini sermons! Keep up the good work!

Robin said...

What a fabulous and truly vivid look at the seasons, Shirlee! And you are so right about their offerings.

Have a very blessed day!

Robin in Virginia

Catherine said...

A beautiful post ~ and much needed for me this morning ~ thank you...

Vicki said...

Beautiful post, thank you Shirlee!

Dawn said...

Thanks for the reminder Shirlee...Have a wonderful Sunday.

Anne said...

Amen Shirlee! I love to be still and hear God's creatures all around me. So important to stop and enjoy the seasons!! Hugs!

gracie said...

Another good reason to stop by and visit with you....lovely posts all the time.

Ma Teakettle said...

Great post, Shirlee, such great thoughts, as always.
I am just getting used to having birds sing all night long, as they do in CA…after so many years in the New England tundra :)
Have a blessed Sunday, dear friend.
Hugs
Ma

KimM said...

Lovely post, Shirlee. I love sitting on our front porch and listening to the birds, our cows, and sometimes I can hear our neighbor's horses nickering. As I get older I fond I look for simple things that surround me - or, at least, I try. When I was younger, I was always in a hurry. Maybe that's why I love stitching so much. It's soothing and slows me down a bit.
Have a wonderful week -

Frances N said...

What lovely thoughts!

cucki said...

Lovely post my dear..
Thank you
Big hugs x

Kaisievic said...

Shirlee, such a beautiful, well written post. I felt as if I was there with you, experiencing each and every season for myself. Thank you so much.

Pam in IL said...

That's one of my favorite verses and I actually have it in several places in my home. Thanks for sharing!

jennifer768 said...

Beautiful post dear Shirlee.I truly needed it to tonight.Will tell you more about it later.I run to the porch or window if hear the geese flying over too.They are such big beautiful birds.Blessings,Jen

butterfly said...

Wonderful post, take care and have a lovely day , hugs.

Julie said...

A lovely Sunday post, hope you had a lovely day.

Joyce Mayer said...

Explaining Psalm 46:10 in your own words is so beautiful. I, too, love this verse and repeat it every morning during my daily devotions.

Blessings and thank you.

Maggee said...

It IS good to stop, be still, and praise God for all he has done for us and given to us! Thanks for the lovely reminders!