In the early morning before the sun has completely risen, I pour myself a cup of coffee and step quietly out into the garden.
It has rained heavily during the nighttime hours and everything is wet, all the flower heads are bent over, heavy laden, drunk on rainwater.
I make my way around the garden, checking on my plants, seeing that all is well, I go and sit.
Sipping on the rich, dark liquid in my cup and savoring the moment, my senses continue to awaken.
My eyes drink in colors, green and lush. The sun, trying to peek through the cloudy sky, casts a lovely light on the garden. The scent of wet earth fills my nostrils, I breathe in deeply, refreshed.
All is quiet in this noisy, busy city during these early morning hours, nature is able to speak. And I listen…
Suddenly the sound of church bells ring out, beckoning all, come in and worship. But my spirit rings out, beckoning, come outside and worship.
One need not go into a church to experience God, He is everywhere, in everything. We need only to tune our spiritual ears to His frequency to hear the Beloved’s voice.
I hear it in a bird’s song, in the rustling of leaves on a gentle breeze. Especially in that rustling. And in the swaying of the branches God sings me a lullaby. Tenderly rocking my spirit back and forth. Oh how He loves me!
I look at my plants and see them there with their leaf-arms raised, outstretched, as if in praise, and I lift mine too.
I tip my head back, eyes closed, smiling at my own silliness there mimicking my plants. I’m such a weirdo.
As I open my eyes, I see a beautiful rainbow directly above me. And only directly above me, as it’s not a fully arched rainbow. I feel as if it’s there especially for me. God smiling upon me. Now He’s just showing off. I laugh with delight. Then I cry, inspired, feeling so loved. And fully accepted.
A light breeze blows, brushing my hair against my cheek, it tickles. God caressing my face. Then the rainbow disappears. I sigh in awe, soaking in His Presence, and begin to sing.
This is my Sunday morning worship…
© Julie Rehnelt 2014
✿~Peace & Love~✿