It’s just nature taking its usual course, but nearly overnight my favorite time of the year arrived, and with it, my own favorite reminder of the nearness of the Creator.
All tied up in what I think is one of the most beautiful sounds.
The wind in the trees.
I love, love, love the sound of the wind, dancing, weaving, caressing through the leaves. It makes me sleep deeply at night with a window open. It energizes me come morning, that constant sweeping through branches, and making my garden dance.
Maybe it’s just me. There is something about the sound of the wind rushing through trees that rests me, brings me peace, and moves me.
And it’s been missing until now.
Here in Ontario, our trees have only just unfurled their leafy display once again. Until now the wind seemed hollow and distant and hard. But add the leaves that rustle and sound like so many waves washing up on the shore (on a windy day, near an outcropping of trees, close your eyes… it mimics the soft sound of an ocean) and suddenly you have the signature of God, a reminder of how He orchestrates life, one sweep, one breath, one breeze that moves at a time, in time with other rhythms around the world.
I think about that as I listen, and I can honestly say, it’s the most beautiful sound He’s ever given us.
His physical reassurance of a spiritual certainty that He is near.His physical reassurance of a spiritual certainty that He is near. Click To Tweet
And I think about some of us on the cusp of coming out of hard seasons. Soul-winters and stormy situations and journeys. And it always feels like the winter will never end. Just as we know full well that winter will eventually give way to spring, we know inside that the dark winters of life won’t last forever either, but it’s easy to despair in the midst of it just the same.
“But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.” (James 1:4).
There is a function for every season.
And Spring is ready, friends. That breeze rushing everywhere tells us.
Can you hear it arrive in all it’s glory? In all His glory?
The rush of the Holy Spirit into this next season sounds maybe a little like that rush through the trees I think, that beautiful sound of assurance that there is a purpose for it all.
So let’s take a deep breath and unfurl what we so tightly folded up safe inside ourselves, and let Him wash over us with wave after wave of the promise that He is busy orchestrating everything....unfurl what we so tightly folded up safe inside ourselves... Click To Tweet
And we can say with the writer in the Psalms;
“I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God. My times are in Your hands…” (Psalm 31:14-15).
We’re never more safe than when we give these seasons of life to Him to command and orchestrate, to keep within those mighty hands. Hands that shaped the universe, that shaped each of us, and hands that were pierced to shape your eternity.
How can we not sense His presence around us? And like God, we may not be able to see the wind… but we can hear it, and we can see, as Billy Graham was prone to say, “the effects of the wind”, and we know it’s there just the same.
And we know He’s there, just the same.
I watch the flowering crab apple beside my window dance in the wind this morning. And as I watch, I get another glimpse of His workings and His majesty and how He is waiting for us to bloom too.
And on the wind are His promises not forgotten. That He loves us, that He delights in us, that nothing is too much for Him, now or in the future.
Close your eyes, open your heart, and listen for a moment.
It’s the most beautiful sound.
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