I Woke to Beauty


Once again, Mama dove is sitting in her place in the spiny cactus waiting for her baby. Seasons are really, renewed hope are they not? That even when life gets scary and you fill fear crawling up your back and life seems unstable that some things will go on as they should. I have been so concerned about my Mom’s health, and yet she is the one who always taught me to look for the beauty no matter what.

To look for the robin after the storm.

So today, I awoke after a fitful night to a world of beauty. The birds were singing, and the weather was glorious despite the fact that we have had almost no rain. Somehow the cactus will still manage to bloom. There is doom and gloom on the news because of the early fire season and while that is a real danger, I will choose today to look at what God wants me to see.

The wondrous cloak of clouds this morning amidst the backdrop of the doves and mockingbirds call……

The freshly tilled earth, seeds waiting to spring.

A best friend who stands behind me no matter what, ready to help, ready to pray, ready to do whatever is necessary in any situation.

Coffee, dark and rich and clouds of foam that cover my top lip as I sip luxurious cup after cup.

Last night I had a dream in which I saw Jesus approach a sick boy and take the sickness from him, I saw it. It was like a brief cameo shot in a movie but it was there just the same, just as real as if I really saw it.

He still rules and reigns and while there is no cure for sickness or aging, there is one for the death that really matters……..thanks to Him. That is why I will rejoice in the midst of sorrow and worry and pain and stress.

Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is for the moment, worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

I also invite you to go here to read about a friends beautiful words of awakening to hope. You will be blessed, I promise.

4 thoughts on “I Woke to Beauty

  1. The other day, I saw a photo of a specific type of cactus that was in bloom. It radiated the theory of sacred geometry with its spiral pattern repeating and that captured my attention. From earliest years when I lived at home and was surrounded by the vestiges of flower fields that my great-grandmother and great aunt grew to provide a business in the early 1900s, flowers and their patterns have always fascinated me. I find a level of peace there. I realize I’m diverging from your main premise here, and I apologize for that! I still see a common thread with your cactus and dove, and my moment of introspection and seeing a microcosmic reflection of the world in the design of the blooming cactus. Perhaps it’s a bit of a leap of logic, but I still found it! 🙂

    We are now moving into the typical hot/cold, back and forth stage of weather here in East TN. This week, we have mid-60s in temps that will tease the trees to bud and the flower bulbs to venture forth. Then we’ll get another couple of cold snaps that will set those buds into more hearty presentation. The cycles of Mother Earth are glorious and another form of meditation and devotion for me.

    – Dawn

    (My latest post is here, as WP doesn’t allow me to use my Blogger ID to post this comment: http://healingmorning.blogspot.com/2014/02/with-wisdom-gained.html)

    1. Oh Dawn I enjoy your diversion! You have a way of explaining things that expands my mind and enriches my spirit. I too have always enjoyed getting up close and examining the patterns of nature in all it’s intricate glory. And to think that this is only the beginning to what awaits in Heaven where we will be able see and hear and understand so much more. And you are so right, it is a form of meditation to be able to not only see it but feel it! Well, we are breaking heat records here in the desert and freezing in the south…..I will check out your latest, always a treat. Lori

  2. How sweet to have right outside our windows the wonders of HIs world.

    In this temporary world of earthy life, we must suffer the realities of our frailties — especially the physical ones. It’s so hard, but I see in this post how much you understand His love for you, for all of us, in what He has promised — not death — .but eternal life with Him.

    Note: I just love the way your phrase things — “luxurious sip after sip.” What a writer you are!!!

    Off to read that other entry you want me to….

    1. Harriet! How is the weather in your part of the world? It’s all so crazy this year, snow and ice where it never snows and in my neck of the woods, higher than normal temps, into the 80’s already this year! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Always a joy to hear from you, dear! Lori

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