Birds came out of hiding. I watch them soar and dip through the clean air, chasing one another like children playing tag before landing on the bird feeder to holler, “Safe!”
Raindrops, glistening in the sun, cling to the emerald blades’ of grass and evergreen bushes. And the colors in my yard—green, fuchsia, and coral—are more brilliant after the cleansing rain.
On this blessed morn, I saturate my senses. And praise God for the drenched earth that was parched a few days earlier. For it is the Lord who “brings the rain on the just and the unjust.”
With a full heart, I open my Bible and turn its dog-eared pages until I find this scripture:
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth, And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and breads to the eater;
So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:9-11)
Like Moses, I too have longed to see God’s glory.
But on this summer morning, His glory surrounds me, reflected in His creation.
How I long to linger in God’s presence, soak in His Word, but I have an appointment. At the risk of being late, I grab another morsel of scripture and trust God to accomplish what He desires.
“Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance.” (Is 55:2)
I delight myself in abundance.
Until I have no choice, but to rush out the door with dishes in the sink, towels that need folding. Chores left unfinished goes against my grain, my task-oriented brain. But the dishes and towels can wait.
I chose what is better, and it will not be taken away from me.
I am satisfied.
And I am ready to face the day.
“For you will go out with joy, And be lead forth with peace” (Is. 55:12).