Yesterday, I still wasn’t sure what I would post today. I had several ideas, but couldn’t decide. And so, I committed to pray for insight and direction. (I happen to be studying about prayer right now and have sensed the need to go deeper in my prayer life. What better way to practice, right?) So, while a little last minute, I began to pray about it.
It also happens that I’m on a get away trip with my husband. He’s here for a convention and I have the opportunity to join him. Yesterday’s scheduled activity was a nature hike on a trail with cascading falls. Perfect, I thought. Maybe something spectactular will happen that I can write about.
“Dear God, Please show me a glimpse of You today.”
Within the first five minutes of the walk, we began to hear interesting sounds… the sound of a tree cracking. Each time, the tour guide would abruptly halt what he was saying. With a concerned look on his face, he told the group that it sounded like a tree was about to fall. Within minutes, we heard one final pop and the tree began to topple. While the tree was a relatively safe distance from our path, it was still possible that the falling tree could have reached our group and taken several other trees down with it. So, as the tree screamed in anguish, thoughts rushed my mind quicker that the stream beside me:
Is this what I prayed for?
Do we need to run?
Surely God will protect us.
Wow, this may make a great story!
And then, in an anti-climatic finale, I realized that just the top portion of the tree had broken off. And while loud and impressive, it wasn’t anywhere near us and it wasn’t as exciting as I conjured up in those brief seconds in my mind. Of course, I don’t like too much excitement of that nature, so I was content with the outcome.
But… that meant I still had nothing to write about. No grand story to tell of how I saw evidence of God today. And then, as if chuckling and tapping me on the shoulder saying, “Look around,” I realized I was surrounded by the presence of God.
Towering trees. Lush woodlands. Butterflies fluttering. Beautiful cascading falls. Spring filled pools of water.
All the handiwork of God Almighty. Creator. Author.
In that quiet moment of realization, I saw my glimpse of God.
So, where ever you find yourself today, I pray that you stop and realize that you, too, are in the presence of God.