I’m sitting on my front porch after a very hot, humid day
Enjoying the cool breeze
Whipping my hair as a storm comes up.
The rain just dumped for a second and is going to be a gusher.
I haven’t sat outside for a good storm in a long time.
I think we’ve forgotten simple life and the goodness of it
The smell of fresh, wet earth,
The sound of wind in the trees,
The call of the birds suddenly hushed in the downpour,
The shout of children caught in the deluge,
And as it ends for a moment,
The hardy birds still rejoicing.
I hear it coming across our neighborhood –
HARDER this time.
I hadn’t ever listened to the sound it makes on our
Burning bushes with distinct plinking.
And oh! That glorious breeze!
The wind is blowing on my hot, sweaty body
As sheets fall to the ground.
What a fun rain coming in waves!
Hard for a moment……………then gone.
And as I listen, I hear the next wave approach.
It’s like my own ocean ebbing and flowing
As faithful as the sea always has been and always will be.
Now the thunder rolling as from a distance,
Warning of more consistency to come.
The road darkens in color,
Steam blows across its surface,
Testimony to the torturous heat from just moments ago in the day.
There! The thunder sounds again – a distant warning
Of the depth of God’s power on earth.
Will you be caught unaware?
Frolicking in the sunshine until an abrupt storm overtakes you?
Or will you heed the roiling clouds and swift rain,
Finding shelter from the darkest storms,
Prepared for whatever lies ahead?
I remember as a child:
Sitting outside under my grandparent’s tin roofed patio,
While lightening flashed and rain poured down.
I did not fear.
I wondered at the awesomeness of the storm,
Safe with my grandpa by my side.
I remember as a child:
Driving to Texas across the plains to see my other grandparents.
The dry ground and incredible lightning storms
Rending the dark sky
With streaks of brilliant color –
Far better than any fireworks display could every boast!
And again, that awe in God,
Who is very much greater than myself.
God, who could crush me,
But who instead gently and carefully holds me and the
Sacred life and relationship I present.
My God is one to fear,
But only because of how intensely BIG and GREAT God is!
Even in that fear,
I am not some nameless thing that happened to come along.
I am beloved, precious, adored, sacred, claimed.
No matter what happens, God, the GREAT I AM,
Will never ever leave my side.
God will simply abide with me.
What an awesome word – abide!
Not one we use much,
But filled with something profound.
What other word measures up?
Why do we not use it more?
Is it because we have become so oriented around a throw-away society that we no longer even value the depth of abiding with someone?
Does our world move so quickly that we don’t know how to abide?
How can we know God if we don’t understand the depth of abiding?
It’s not to stay or about constancy
(Although it is both)
It’s not the same as forever
(But still holds tinges of this, as well.)
And even thinking on it makes me want to
To my Devises.
Why is that?
Are we afraid to abide?
Afraid of silence?
Afraid to just be?
Still, reality DOES seep back in, as I am called to make dinner.
So after we sit for another moment,
We come inside –
The temperature outside now more closely matching the
coolness of the air conditioned inside.
Still, as I begin to enter this world again,
I open the back door to hear the rain
In the backyard falling.
Funny how it sounds completely different
On the other side of the house!
So, my Majestic God,
Thank You for a Moment Apart
To ABIDE with You and
To Remember just how GREAT You are.