My body and mind are accustomed to cool autumn days of falling leaves, of rainy, foggy, mornings and of frost on the last of the pumpkins, but this autumn season is different for me, as I am in the midst of a sunny, warm climate. My body is adjusting – appreciatively! But my mind, nonetheless, is not following suit, as it is boggled with reports of riots, with spewed hate on social media, and with division over an election.
Ron and I try to get away from the stressors so many of us are experiencing. Today, we follow a white sandy trail, ￼￼in need of grading, a preserve on either side.￼ ￼
If I were a bird, I would see the quiet waters of the intercoastal to the east, ￼ cushioned by mangroves and occasionally spotted with cottages.￼￼ On the west, I would see the unending waters of the Gulf, the sound of its surf now reaching well across this span of sand and preserve. ￼ We are surrounded by saw palmettos and cabbage palms, a stark contrast to the suddenly barren trees of the north with intermittent splashes of white snowflakes.
Today, we reach the end of this sandy trail, a small turnaround, and because no other vehicles are within sight, we stop our car in the middle of the rugged sand￼. I step down toward the water, hoping for a view of this beautiful expanse of intercoastal but stop short of the opening, discovering a heron, standing in the high tide of this tiny cove. The cove belongs to him. I do not disturb. Instead I stand and listen. In the soft water sounds of this secluded area, I hear Jesus whisper:
“Kathi, do not be afraid of the evil in this world today. One day, The roots of all this darkness ￼will all be disclosed￼. You are my child. You only need to fear me with a righteous fear of which you have been taught. Speak in the daylight. Speak the truths you have been taught by me.￼ Do so without fear. You see the beautiful heron. I have given him a place of refuge.￼ How much more you are worth to me than the heron. ￼I know everything about you, and I have redeemed you. I am your refuge.”
So now, I encourage you, my friend, to read the following short passage, the words of Jesus, from Matthew, chapter 10, verses 26 – 31￼￼, and as you read, to let Jesus whisper to you!
￼￼￼ “Do not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing is secret that will not be made known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
His Word brings His whisper – or sometimes a roar! Either way, it is His special message to you.
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Further reading: Isaiah 8:12-13; 4:8-13; Psalm 34.
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