My family owns a farm that borders the Harpeth River. I go there often when I need to reconnect with what is important in life. Today I went to refocus. In this hectic world, it seems so much of what is truly important is lost in the rush and chaos of everyday life. I have to admit I do not go to the farm enough. I should. It feeds my soul.
It is a place that when I need to clear my I head I go. Instead of the hectic chaos, my head is filled with smell of sweet hay. I walk farther and cross the creek. The wind is blowing and I remember that there is rain forecasted for the evening hours.
It is fall, and the last of life is still hanging on. I wonder how often we are like that. We hang on despite impending change.
There is Beauty in change.
The wind picks up and the clouds to the west darken the sky. Faintly, I begin to feel raindrops. The storm is some distance away, and I am puzzled from where the droplets come, as they sky above me is still blue. But the rains will come. It is only a matter of time.
Then I am given the blessed sign from God. A rainbow. Out of a few drops of rain a rainbow emerges. How funny it is in life, that with a little rain, it can bring such Beauty. But sometimes our rain is more than a few drops, it is a deluge. I am afraid that this timid rain and the beautiful aftermath is only foreshadowing of things to come. Still, I go ahead with my plans to go to the river.
Sometimes the path before us is not easy.
Often, there is unwanted baggage that clings to us.
My father had me convinced when I was a small girl that these were porcupine eggs and not cockleburs. Whatever they are, they sure do tag along for the ride.
The storm looms in the distance. I know it is only a matter of time.
Finally, my destination! I sit. I am still, and I reflect on the one who made me. I am reminded of the verse in Phil. 1:6 — And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
I am renewed in my belief that I am where I need to be in life. God has a plan for me. He has began a good work within me. He will not give up on me until it is complete.
The storms will come. But I will still praise His name. During those storms, God is my rock and my fortress.
As I begin my journey back to my truck, I feel a gust of hot air followed by the rush of cool air. The storm is close. Then it begins. I walk through the brush out into the open field just in time to hear the tat-a-tat-tat of the rain moving across the woods which borders the field. I pick up my pace. Lightning flashes and thunder booms and I know the rain is going to beat me to the truck. It does. It begins to pour down. I enjoy the rain washing over my face. I wipe my hand across my face to remove the drops which are now getting into my eyes. Thunder cracks loudly above my head. Regardless as to what may come, I am His.