May 22, 2009

i hope

The sky was almost yellow this morning... the sun trying to show itself through clouds laden with rain. And now... the rain is pouring down... having sent the sun off to slumber. And I feel content to settle in and enjoy my warm cocoon. I do hope the rain will let up this afternoon... but for now... it is just what the earth needs.

Life seems a little more fragile these days... we seem to be living with a little more care... a few less harsh words. Circumstance, or ticking time... I'm not sure. But it is good. The calm that is settled over us here. The joy that we are finding without necessarily seeking... in a soft hand held... in toes covered by a shared blanket... the quick flutter of a goodnight kiss. I have hope that these days are not as fleeting as they sometimes seem.

Summer is right around the corner... the sticky days and the bright evenings... the freedom from written tasks and rushing out the door. I love the endless days of sunshine and rain and the unimportant hours in between... when all that is required of the day is a blank to-do list. While there will be plenty of days to-do... I hope there are equally as many not to-do days... when just playing is enough.

In every day... there are moments when I raise my face to the sun... and offer thanks to my Creator. The warmth of the rays feel like His hand resting softly on my cheek... and the still soft breeze that floats by, like His whisper of you're welcome. I could not live a day without Him... would not want my hope to be in any but Him. My desires are in His mighty hands... my small thoughts and my scraps of love and bits of my dreams... all dwarfed by His power of grace.

If everything comes down to love
Then just what am I afraid of
When I call out Your name
Something inside awakes in my soul
How quickly I forget I'm Yours
I'm not my own
I've been carried by You all my life
Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free.

-lyrics from Hope Now by Addison Road


Busy Bee Suz said...

happy Friday.

Cassie said...

Wow. Thanks for the beautiful words. Isn't it special to experience Him in our daily life? How awesome is our God?!

Kim said...

Beautiful! I will send you some sunshine if you send a little rain (literally) :). Have an enjoyable weekend!

Wendi said...

This is so well said and the photo...gardenias...yummy! I just realized that we don't have any, and since we are re-landscaping the backyard this summer anyway, I think I'm going to make sure that a few of these bushes find a home back there.