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Journeys,  Random

In the Night

It’s that time of shifting shadows, walking dreams and whispers of the heart. Not fully awake. Not really asleep.

That’s where I was…with the kind of awareness that gets blotted out by too much noise, devices or the duties and demands of the day.

There were fragments of regret, suspended and suppressed longings. Mostly there was a sense of trust and gratitude. I know there are times that the presence of God is “very present“. Early, early this morning was one of those times.

In a world that revolves on its axis and now swirls with fear and anxiety, these moments put all of those things on pause.

There have been many “rough places” in my life – God promises to smooth them out. To make them plain. If you’ve ever seen a woodworker (my Dad was a genius at this), they use a planer to smooth the wood. I think of Papa working his artistry, fashioning a rough plank into something even and beautiful – displaying the grain to full advantage. That is what God does for us. For you. For me. He can make our rough places plain.

In those subtle, sweet moments where my heart can hear what my ears can’t, I know He is there. He is in charge. Nothing can change that. Nothing. His heartbeat is there – we are simply echoing His. If you allow the quiet to be comforting, rather than scary, you can hear it…

“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'” Psalm 46:10 New International Version

– RG

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