Christine Duncan

Precepts & Life Preservers

The Most Beautiful Sound

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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.”Β (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.

Spring brings breezes and blossoms and the most beautiful sound.

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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  1. Beautiful, sweet friend. Such a beautiful transformation as new life springs forth. I am hearing the wind rustle through the leaves even now. Such a beautiful time of year in southwestern Ontario. So glad you are enjoying it too πŸ™‚

    I love this, “Hands that shaped the universe, that shaped each of us, and hands that were pierced to shape your eternity.”

    Blessings and hugs,

    • Christine Duncan

      May 12, 2015 at 10:33 AM

      Kamea, I keep forgetting you’re over here in Ontario… and if you’re anywhere close to the Greater Toronto Area, I’d love to sit down and share a coffee one day. Give me a shout one day if that’s ever possible! πŸ™‚ Meantime, thanks so much for all your encouragement, means so much to me! Blessings and hugs and good things for your whole week, girl!

  2. I just want to add, for me the wind and hearing birds in the morning I so enjoy hearing birds There is something about birds singing and talking Cannot explain it It relaxes me so

    • Christine Duncan

      May 12, 2015 at 10:29 AM

      Me too, James, the songs and chatter from birds are another assurance that He will provide! It’s another gift to us from the Creator πŸ™‚ So glad to hear from you today! Praying you have a great week, friend!

  3. THIS—>”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.” Beautiful. Thanks so much for this encouragement today! Visiting from Holley’s for coffee πŸ™‚

    • Christine Duncan

      May 12, 2015 at 10:28 AM

      I’m so grateful that you visited today, Rachel! He weaves together all these various stories of ours, and creates beauty from it all! I think of the song, “Touch of the Master’s Hand” and I praise Him for what He accomplishes in all these seasons. Blossoming into more of Him today! Hugs πŸ™‚

  4. What a great reminder. I was reading in John 14 the other day, and it says that “we will see him” trhough the Holy Spirit. Our hearts “see” him because we have the promised Holy Spirit. … I love your point about how our dark winters will give way to spring. It’s hard when you are in that dark winter to actually believe spring will come! But it’s here! And let’s continue to encourage those that are still in their dark winters, that there is hope and life and new beginnings.

    • Christine Duncan

      May 12, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      I love that reading from John, Kortney. The Spirit allows us to see His presence exactly when we need it, and then to help others see it for themselves too. What a beautiful gift He gives us!
      And I agree, we have to make sure our words remind others that winter won’t last forever, that He has a new season on the horizon!
      Standing on this truth with you, sis! Blessings for your week, and then some πŸ™‚

  5. Nature, especially pristine nature teaches us the greatest lessons of life. The chirping of birds and ethereal rustling of leaves through the trees mesmerizes the tired soul and invigorates broken spirits to face life with new vigour and resilience.
    Needless to mention, the wind has blown through springtime trees and birds have sung since times immemorial, with the very same frequency and softness. There will never be a change in their rhythm and sweetness, but if only we could imagine the essence of this magic spell.

    • Christine Duncan

      May 12, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      Scripture says that the whole earth declares His glory! How right you are, Umar. It’s a song He has sung over us for thousands and thousands of years. And will keep providing for us until that day we finally see Him face to face. And that will be even more beautiful than anything yet!
      Thanks for reading, my friend!

  6. Now I know we are soul sisters! I absolutely love hearing the wind rustling through the trees. There is just something about the wind that intrigues me. I love to feel it blowing across my face, see the trees dancing because of it… I even wrote a story about it for a friend. in case you’d like to read it. Just like we can’t see the wind but know it’s there, we can know God is with us just by opening our eyes and looking around at His creation. Lovely post, Christine! πŸ™‚

    • Christine Duncan

      May 12, 2015 at 12:36 PM

      Gayl, it’s kind of uncanny how we think alike on the things of God and creation, really! I had a friend once tell me after I described a trail I love to walk, that I don’t just see with my eyes, but with my whole heart, lol, and I thought, sounds good to me! I think you’re very much the same way, seeing with His whole heart everything around you πŸ™‚

  7. Abby Breuklander

    May 12, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    I love the picture of the wind blowing out troubles and cares away! Definitely one of my favorite sounds too!

    • Christine Duncan

      May 14, 2015 at 1:39 PM

      I come away from those sounds and insights totally at peace, Abby, and only because it’s all Him. Isn’t He marvelous? Hugs πŸ™‚

  8. Flowering crabapples are sooo pretty. We’re a little ahead of your leaf unfolding event, ours having completed over a month ago, but it’s still sweet. Loved this one, Christine: “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. ” Yes! I’m learning through each day, each trial, how to give more and more to God Almighty. Mmmm….praise his holy name! Visiting via #tellHisstory

    • Christine Duncan

      May 14, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      Giving more and more to Him. Man that’s such a process sometimes. And oh the benefit of letting Him orchestrate it all. I keep taking time to sink into that, Kristi, developing an appetite for His presence! Much love to ya, lady, and blessings for your day today!

  9. Christine,

    This was a breath of fresh air for me. Our leaves are fully unfurled in PA, and many flowers have bloomed. Your description of the sounds of nature is so beautiful and fitting. I’m blessed to be somewhere that birds love -all throughout the day writing I get to hear their songs and calls (and often stop to look up the most unique ones!) It always reminds me of how He cares for even the birds and they don’t have to worry -such peace!!

    Thanks for writing! Visited from #TellHis Story today : ) Much love to you, sister! Sharing this one!

    • Christine Duncan

      May 14, 2015 at 1:37 PM

      That peace, yes! And His creation proves over and over how He has his eye on even the sparrow, and therefore, wonderfully, on us also! I have to drink that in over and over πŸ™‚ Love connecting with you each week girl, you’re such a blessing. May God fill your week with His unsurpassed goodness, Bethany! Love ya!

  10. He is busy orchestrating everything … Love that! It’s a beautiful thing to just still and remember that He is all around us. So grateful for that beautiful truth, Christine.

    • Christine Duncan

      May 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM

      Aw, so grateful for your encouraging comments, Tiffany, seriously! We live for an amazing God, don’t we?

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