God: Hidden below the Surface

Friday, June 21

6-21By Peggy Young of Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

—Isaiah 55:12

It’s June 21, the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere, the transition of spring into summer. The riotous blooming of spring is over. Farmers planted their fields. Seedlings are starting to grow. Of all the seasonal shifts, this one, to me, is the least noticeable.

The arrival of spring is dramatic. Warmth returns. Lush greens replace tired browns. Blossoms and flowers of all colors cheer the landscape. Birdsong fills the air. Almost as spectacular is the arrival of fall with the turn of color in the leaves and a decided chill in the evening air. And who can miss the advent of icy winds and shimmering snow in winter?

A rise in temperature, however, is usually the only sign summer has arrived. We tend not to notice the tiny buds left behind after warm breezes blow away the flowers. Crops grow in the fields with subtle change. Unless you walk among the rows, you are unaware of the produce taking shape and getting larger. Yet, it is happening.

We often become impatient during times in our lives when we don’t see any productivity. But though we may be unaware, something is happening. God is always working within us, behind the scenes, and hidden below the surface. Previously planted seeds may be ripening unseen in our hearts and souls. When the harvest of our hearts is ready, will we be ready to reap?

Perhaps a fresh chance will arise to forgive someone who wronged us long ago. Perhaps a new idea will burst into our awareness, ready for us to write about, speak about, or just accept. Perhaps an opportunity to show love, long in preparation, will come about.

Let us rejoice during times of unseen growth and preparation and pray that we recognize the harvest when it arrives.

Prayer for Peace
We are joyful, Creator, for we know the harvest lies just below the surface. We hear the birds sing and know the soil is ready to burst with new life. A fresh chance lies just ahead to forgive and to share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Caring for God’s Sacred Creation
Choose a way to notice, give thanks, and care for God’s sacred creation. Prayerfully consider one of the following practices or create your own. Walk in nature with a spirit of gratitude while looking and listening for God in all things. Write or pray a psalm of praise for the Earth’s beauty or a prayer of healing and blessing for its wounds.

Learn about and engage in an act of Earth-keeping such as recycling, simple living, or fasting from over-consumption of resources. Notice the diversity of the planet’s creatures and be gentle to plants, animals, trees, and people! Fall in love with the vast, intricate wonder of God’s creation and give thanks.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will nurture the seeds growing in my soul.

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  1. Jewell

     /  21 June 2013

    Thanks for the story and thanks too for the last line…’I will nurture seeds growing in my soul.’

  2. Vera Entwistle

     /  21 June 2013

    Thanks, Peggy. Your story is a good way to start my day. Living in the US after 30 years in Australia had been a time of readjusting to the shift in seasons and the different flora and fauna and it has made us more aware of what is going on around us.It has also caused a shift in approaches to church responsibilities, too. Your story today reminded me of all those changes. Lovely to hear from you. Love to Len. Vera


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