I submit to You today. I will resist the devil so he must flee from me. I draw near to You so that You will draw near to me! I want to know You better. I want to feel You close to me! I want to love You and walk with You this day. It is a beautiful day, one You have made for me. It is a day that is unique; there is nothing about today that has ever been before, and there is nothing that ever will be exactly like this one again.
The same bird will not have flown the same way on the same breeze as it just did. The sounds of birds and crickets and insects, and of dogs barking in the distance will never again all come together at this time of day while the breeze blows in this direction. Your wonders are great! Your glory is profound!
I thank You for opening my eyes to the beauty that is right in front of me in this world that has become hideous in it's sin and idolatry. From where You have blessed me to sit this morning, on my back porch, I see a hazy blue sky with wispy clouds, some reflecting the pink of the new morning's rising sun. They glide across the sky from the west to the northeast changing shapes as they go.
I see the tall chinaberry trees looking stately as only the very top leaves are moved by a breeze. Each set of leaves is like an umbrella, shielding the branch on which they grow. The branches that sway seem joyful, free if you will, enjoying the dust being blown off them. They dance for You, Lord, in sweet surrender.
I see the bright pink crepe myrtles, the flowers like soft cones facing the heavens. They don't have a breeze to sway in, their glory is their beautiful bud. Beneath them I see the beautiful bright yellow lantana. The flower like a golden trumpet beckoning the small hummingbird to its nectar-filled horn.
The leaves of the fruitless mulberry begin to sway in the breeze, making a sound like paper blowing on the street. The birds chirp their songs of praise to You, glorifying the God who created them. It all comes together in a symphony of glorious worship that can only be heard by You, and at this moment in time, on this unique one-of-a-kind morning, by me.
Thank You Lord for sharing Your glory with me! It is so easy to see You in everything when I just stop and look. I can smile, and know that You and I are one! My God and me, enjoying each other's company. Thank You for this beautiful day. And thank You for the inspiration!
The sky has darkened from the east, Father, so I got up to see if there were rain clouds. No, just a lot of movement in the sky. Wispy clouds, moving quickly, but so thin, like the fiberglass Christmas snow. And what is that? A colorful reflection on the very tip of the cloud that looks like, could it be, a rainbow?! There is no rain, but there are beautiful pinks and greens like a very small piece of a rainbow! My gift from God telling me that He loves me and reminding me that His promises are real.
It's all gone now, clouds all over, but I know that You cherish me and gave me a reminder that You do. I am awed by Your love for me.
It seems that the sweetest places to find You are literally, right in my own backyard! I love You, Lord. Amen.
"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you." James 4:7-8