Serene Vista Cabin

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” ~John 14:27

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” ~Matthew 11:29

In the hour before dawn the night sky is still dusty with stars. I recognize the Big Dipper and trace other familiar shapes, wishing I had more knowledge of the constellations so I could name them, as well. A lone cicada sings in a nearby tree and the quiet roar of a distant jet are the only discernible sounds. The crunchy gravel beneath my slippers is still warm from the heat of the previous day, but the dry, early morning air is surprisingly cool. A gentle breeze chills my bare arms and I rub them for warmth. Leaning back in my chair, I breathe in the sweet scent of honeysuckle. God’s presence feels like a comfortable hug around me, and all is peaceful and still. My thoughts wander—family, job, home—but I chase those thoughts away. I just want to focus on God, surrounded by His peace, while I am in this beautiful place.

The night sky on the distant horizon fades from black to grey, then lavender to pink. Purple clouds become gilded with bright golden edges, and the sky brightens as the sun crests above the hills across the valley. Streams of sunlight filter through the low-lying clouds, forming a vision of “God light” in the morning sky. The sun’s rays are made even more brilliant by the contrasting shadows, just like happy times seem brighter after the darkness of sorrow.

I thank God for inviting me to come away with Him here. When He invited me to come away with Him I had hoped to receive some divine revelation—a word of deep wisdom or guidance—but now I realize He wanted me just to be with Him; to rest, far removed from the busy-ness of life. Grateful for His wisdom and tender loving care, I invite His presence into my soul, relish the sweet honeysuckle, and relax, ready to enjoy the new day.

Prayer: Father, thank you for wanting to spend time with me and for teaching me to have a close, personal relationship with you. I am grateful that you are such personal, loving Father, Savior and Lord. Forgive me when my thoughts stray as I seek to spend time with You. You would think that the pain of getting up this early would make these minutes so precious to me that I would have thoughts of nothing but you, but the contrary is too often true. Even in these quiet, pre-dawn moments, the world threatens my peace and I have to consciously redirect my thoughts to you. My desire is to seek you with all of my heart and to find you in this quiet place. Help me, Lord, to quiet my mind and see you as you want to be seen, to know you as you want to be known, and to love you as you deserve to be loved. You are my person; help me discover the essence of Heaven in your presence today. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

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