Last night I felt privileged as I sat outside in my lawn chair looking up at the beautiful moon. Privileged that I was so fortunate to be enjoying the cooling breezes,  the smell of the freshly cut hay that wafted along with it, and the musical accompaniment of the myriad of insects all singing their summer songs at the peak of their powers. As I  stared into the brightness of that moonlit sky all the cares and concerns that have been been my recent companions took their leave and I was left in simple awe.

Sometimes the intensity or the perfection of a moment takes us by surprise, other times it’s a result of careful planning on our part. For me this moment fell into the former category. As if a stage had been set just for me to walk out onto, to take my place on and preside over this creation. I wondered if God was also sitting in His chair watching the show from His perspective. If I, like the things that I had enjoyed , was also part of His entertainment.

Like a parent who takes pleasure in watching His children enjoy what He’s provided them with. There’s a deeply fulfilling feeling that comes from believing that you have pleased your Father. That He’s looking on and smiling,  you can feel His presence but it’s so overwhelming that you prefer to fade in and out of it. Moving back and forth between the natural and the supernatural at your will.

Tonight’s the actual full moon, If I leave now I’ll still have time to head down to the river for a cool refreshing late afternoon swim…

After that I think I’m going to stop off and pick some blackberries and satisfy my craving for freshly picked blackberry cobbler with ice cream!

But later tonight, when that big moon comes up over The Pigman Ranch

(which is just across the meadow from me)

I know where I’ll be!

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11 thoughts on “a little summer sumthin…

    1. Thank you Jacqueline!
      It’s a Mary and Martha world, some Christians are caught up exclusively in works while others never miss an opportunity to bask in Gods glory!

  1. My pastor would call this a ‘glory sighting’, that is, something/place where you see God’s glory.
    Speaking of the insects, I saw a man who collects beautiful exotic insects (on CBS Sunday morning) and makes great art pieces out if them.
    I liked the guys comments, saying he wondered if God had similar examples of His works on his wall.

    1. A glory sighting…I like that!

      “he wondered if God had similar examples of His works on his wall.”

      Like a trophy room?. Perhaps a museum, thanks for your comment Tracy!

  2. Hi Jeff, I particularly like this part: “As I stared into the brightness of that moonlit sky all the cares and concerns that have been been my recent companions took their leave and I was left in simple awe.” And I would presume also “peace”.

    Sometimes the ocean does that for me – listening to and watching the waves roll up the beach or crash on the rocks. Sometimes the stars. Once just walking down the road repeating the Jesus Prayer over and over in my mind: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner” I got that sense of serene peace, calmness and awe. My worries just evaporated (temporarily).

    In my life, these moments seem to have been pure gifts – not something I could force to repeat – a real blessing, something I am grateful to receive.

    Thanks for sharing your experience and for reminding me of these kinds of blessings. I feel blessed with greater peace just thinking about them.
    Bruce

    1. Bruce, I remembered the post you wrote recently about driving your mustang, this blog is about much the same “moment” experience you related! Thanks for dropping by!

  3. checking in by way of Larry’s blog… I like to say so, cause I think everyone knows Larry…

    I too am a moments gal, and also like to combine a teachable moment or two!!! enjoyed this.

  4. Ah, wherever you go there you are….I see you are familiar with a favorite of mine; Jon Kabat-Zinn.
    He writes, “…we can stumble easily upon an ancient stillness, behind and within the play of our thoughts and feelings, that in a simpler time, people found in sitting by the fire.”
    Fire is so important to me. I have a fire in my home as often as I can during the cold months. Sitting by the fire is such a wondrous experience, an ancient experience that connects us to each generation of mankind back to the days of wilderness and endless expanse, traversed by small bands of men who carried the precious fire in bundles of grass and matting, waiting for the great nightfall when mystery takes over and once again the fire comforts and creates the space for human intimacy to occur that we may travel from then to the great now!

  5. Nothing like nature to tune out the noise of the world and the noise in our minds, especially at night. Nature is where I find my true peace. I hope that you continue to find yours :).

  6. Lovely post. It’s so refreshing to hear stories such as this when most of us are too busy to appreciate life’s simplest pleasures with all the work that we attach our frazzled selves. Thanks for posting this. I will sure to visit this blog everytime I go online.

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