new every morning…

morning. i have never really been a consistent morning person. yet there is something about the time of day that i love. a new start. strong coffee. quietness. the fresh pallet of a new day.

i drove down mallard marsh road on the way to the office  yesterday morning. a peaceful stop on the way to work. a few leaves are starting to turn. the sumacs are on fire. cottonwoods starting to look more yellow than green. the creeping virginia is deepening to a maroon hue as it blends with the greens of the trees and shrubs that it has climbed its way through over a summer’s growing season. these wild grapes caught my eye as they trail through chokeberry trees and hang motionless enough not to disturb the morning dew clinging to their undersides. could have  lingered there for a long while, sipping on coffee and listening to the breeze high in the trees. the geese flying in formation and noisily spurring each other on.

for some reason i am inspired by the creation. things as simple as these grapes suspended on vines and offering hospitality to the morning dew. it speaks to me of the Creator and the rhythms of living and dying. of growth and maturing. i feel a bit of amazement at it all. and, i am sometimes embarrassed about my response to it. like i’m a bit of a sap, out there in the woods on my way to work. some kind of modern-day ralph waldo emerson or something. yet, i go back. and i try to capture it with my camera. and i ramble about it here…

in the storyline of life, i don’t slow down enough. it has been a long while since i’ve driven down mallard marsh road. it is an out-of-the-way place that takes me away from the routine drive from our house to mason city on work days. i think it’s not only the place, but also the act of pausing for a few moments. breathing deeply. praying. listening. and it makes a difference in the rest of the day for me.

Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. -Lamentations 3:22-23


~ by fourfeetsixinches on September 20, 2011.

4 Responses to “new every morning…”

  1. Good thought….our mornings are absolutely insane with 4 teenageers and a 10 year old getting out the door. The first thing I do when they leave is take multiple deep breaths. Poor Tom is still dealing with some of them on the way to school. ha. I like the sap part, but I could only think our sap as parents is getting sucked out…haha…wishing you and Mare a great day…Tracy

  2. Thanks, Tracy,
    Great to hear from you and to know that you too are in a place that has some similarities with Mare and I. We still think and speak of you guys fondly…and remember the good old days in Iowa City [thus my continued concerns that you may be leaning back in the direction of being and Iowa State fan…]

  3. This post sure resonates with me today.,encouraging me to move deeper into deeper fellowship with Jesus Christ ,God and Creation. I especially appreciate the reference to the rhythm in nature . Practicing times of sanctuary ,devotion……….hope.

    • moving deeper…practicing times of sanctuary and devotion; i agree, that puts us more squarely in the face of hope. Am glad this resonated with you today.

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