Shimmering, glimmering leaves in the wind – let me so yield to whatever You send!
In bright golden times and dark, dreary days – let me so live that my living gives praise!
Running out of hope. This morning, like most mornings, I had coffee while looking at the large oak growing beside the patio door. An early gentle wind of autumn blew through the leaves, making them glint like ripples shining on a lake.
It had been a hard month, with challenging medical and financial news, not one but two bouts with a cold, a flat tire, and on and on I could go with things of the world that had too often stolen my peace.
“Lord, I need Your help every moment now more than ever it seems. This growing older is hard! I am tired of having to work so hard to have a good attitude about it all! It is so hard not to get discouraged as one thing after another pops up with my health and as I see every day why folks complain about a fixed income. And then there’s all that is happening in the world …”
Nature speaks. I carried on like that a little longer. Then, slowly, the beauty and simplicity of nature began calming my pessimistic and destructive thoughts. Those leaves twisting in the wind would soon be gone and replaced next spring with tiny green shoots. Some of the smaller branches in the tree would be blown down by strong winds. The leaves and the branches yielded to the wind, silently playing their part in the grand scheme of nature. The tiny chipping sparrow clinging tightly to the swaying branch would live a few years and then be gone.
Renewed hope. But God says He knows when each sparrow falls. And He says I should not worry because I am worth more than many sparrows.
“Oh, Lord! Forgive me for complaining yet again. Help me remember that You love me much more than many sparrows, that everyone living has problems, and that You have good plans for my life. Thank You for speaking through creation. Thank You for hope that rises every morning, faithful as the sun!”
“His Eye Is On The Sparrow” by Sandy Patti http://yhoo.it/2cE2tRd