The sun rose in the east this morning just as it has since God spoke light into existence. A quiet, soft breeze rustled the fresh leaves on the trees. Hummingbirds whirred around the feeder hanging on the back porch. Like school children at recess, three squirrels scampered along the top of the fence in a game of chase. The flowerbeds burst with bright colors of red, yellow, purple, and white. Branches of the old Loquat tree in the corner of the yard, hung heavy with Loquats waiting to ripen. The grandchildren always enjoy the harvest and a dose of sweet goodness in the fruit. A falsetto call came from an agitated Mockingbird diving in large swoops at the neighborhood Tom cat making his morning rounds. Clouds rolled in to give the vegetation a dose of relief from the heat. This is the world of nature. Day in and day out, with perfect order, nature keeps constant rhythm as a pendulum on a clock.
The news headlines are bleak as COVID-19 blows across the world seeking whom it may devour. The fortieth case of Corona virus was announced for Houston, Texas making the worldwide infected number over 200,000 cases. Our current living population has never experienced the type of chaos and uncertainty as we are experiencing today due to the present pandemic. The young look to the elderly for answers for which even they, in their years of experience and wisdom have difficulty explaining. Fear knocks on the doors of our hearts wanting to overtake our sanity. We ravage the grocery store aisles stocking our pantries with food and an occasional find of scarce hand sanitizer or toilet tissue which allows us to feel in control of the monster we cannot see. The stock market continues to dive deep. Some investors watch their life savings slip through their fingers like grains of sand. The United States of America and the rest of the world is in perceived crisis.
Seeking a way to escape the bleak news headlines and refocus my life, I strolled around the yard this morning and marveled at the beautiful peace we’ve been given in God’s perfect order. Because most businesses, schools and public entities are closed to flatten the curve on the potentially deadly Corona virus, the City has less traffic and noise. An eerie hush hovered on Lilac Street this morning allowing me to turn my thoughts to the landscape of creation.
Just as the tick-tock of a clock, never missing a beat, the birds sing, flowers bloom, trees bear fruit, animals go about their routine, the rain comes, the sun rises and sets. Soaking in the freshness of spring, I was reminded of Matthew 6:26-27 – “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value then they?”. As I pondered this verse, two black crows landed in the yard each grabbing an earthworm right out of the lush green grass. They hopped along as they enjoyed God’s provision then seemingly without concern, took to the air in flight. As the crows flew away, I recalled Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” That was what I was seeking this morning, rest for my weary soul. Rest from the burdens of dreaded news headlines and reports of doom and gloom we have all been hearing for weeks. I opened my eyes and heart to the lessons in my environment. Nature never over-gathers, never questions, or never stalls in its rhythm. The constant, steady beat goes on, totally dependent on God’s control.