While in God's Grip!
"Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As the droplets on the fresh grass And as the showers on the herb."
~ Deuteronomy 32:2
"Morning has Broken," is probably one of my all time favorite songs. It was one of the first that I learned to play on the guitar when I was a teenager, and it has been a song that has greeted me on a number of Sundays in church. I often will close my eyes, and imagine the lyrics in my mind, creating an image that draws me in. Consider the lyrics, "Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven. Like the first dewfall on the first grass. Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden, sprung in completeness where his feet pass."
This morning the dew was so thick that it weighted the flowers down in our backyard, and I suddenly was remembering the scripture, "My speech distill as the dew."
God was speaking through the dewfall and reminding me that I am once again being invited to listen.
The abundance of dew this morning serves as a reminder of God's abundance. A few fish and loaves come to mind and the five thousand souls that were satisfied with the abundance and twelve baskets remaining. God's abundance arrives with each new day. Blessings pour over us, just as the dew drapes each petal, green leaf, and every blade of grass in the garden.
With the dew comes the arrival of the gratitude that is this manifested gift, followed by a prayer of thanksgiving. The dew is the reminder of the abundance of God's gifts to us, and as we come closer, we discover the presence of these gifts in the midst of every part of our life.
The flower cannot escape the damp presence of the morning dew, just as we cannot escape God's presence in our lives. Like the dew for the flower, what may seem like a hinderance, proves to be a gift.
This morning I am reminded that the quality of our hearts that allows for us to live in joy, depends on our ability to allow for the blessings of God to cover us, and for us to live in gratitude of God's presence.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.