Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Screeching Monkeys and Rain Drops
At my kitchen table with coffee, my Bible, and our family's Gratitude Journal, I have been counting gifts. This is a journey of seeing God's lavished love and counting the ways he shows his beauty.
-Bible, coffee, shadows slanting across a quiet yard
-tiny yellow post-it note verses of God's truth and peace; rain droplets beaded up on plastic yellow seat in January; sunrise glories
-rain turning to snow before my eyes
-droplets suspended like diamonds from bike handles
-French phrases beside me as daughter soaks it in and learns
-monkey screeches below me as three year old distracts sixteen year old from his school
-my Bible beside me -- God's word ready to teach, instruct, inspire
"Why spend ... your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live..."
"..As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briars the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord's renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed" (verses 2, 3, 10-13).
Outside my window, the rain and snow continue to fall, soaking into the olive green lawn, soaking into me.
What about you? What have you been reading and thinking about this week? What is soaking into you today?
(Photos from Microsoft clipart)