I don’t know about you, but it’s been a long winter so far; one that tries the Spirit that looks most anywhere for respite, and probably for many; strength or peace. We rely upon that brighter day promise offered by the Word. There are 232 verses in KJV that refer to “Strength”; some 429 that refer to “Peace”. At times those are just words, and we seek another language, another expression. We look beyond our four walls.
I wonder if we appreciate how much an outdoor book the Bible is. Passages that within walls seem improbable or incredible, but outdoors seems merely natural. This is because outdoors we are confronted everywhere with wonders; we see that the miraculous is not extraordinary, but common mode of existence. We may forget the great and continuing miracle by which water (with soil and sunlight) is turned into grapes. We overlook the power of silence; for those periods as ongoing nature sings Glory through the nights and days of our Spirits many winters.
I count the following poem, along with God’s Word, as an expression of that – His Works;
SLEEPNG IN A FOREST
“I thought the earth remembered me,
She took me back so tenderly arranging
her dark skirts, her pockets full
of litchen and seeds.
I slept as never before on the riverbed,
nothing between me and the white fire
of the stars and my thoughts, and they floated
light as moths among the branches
of perfect trees.
All night I heard small kingdoms breathing
around me, the insects, and the birds
who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling
with luminous doom. By morning I had
vanished at least a dozen times
…………. into something better.”
Mary Oliver in Twelve Moons
Thank you Mary for that small vacation…. until Spring!