“The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land: The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell….”
As I read over these verses of Scripture, I was yet again overwhelmed by the tender love and provision our LORD has for us!
I originally wrote these thoughts down today in a spiral notebook while sitting at the kitchen table in my Daddy’s house. My stepmother has been sick and us kids are taking turns staying with her. Up until I got married this was home to me. As I look around today there are many memories here. And a lot of random thoughts. Such as wondering how long it would take me to adjust to hearing traffic all night again. Or how it would feel to have streetlights lighting up the sky if I walked outside at night.
I grew up in “town”. Not a big city, but large enough that I was a “city girl”. Living only perhaps the length of a football field from the main highway that ran through our town there were very few totally silent times. Even in the dead of night. There was never a time when there was total darkness unless the electricity happened to go out on a stormy night because there were so many bright street lights lining our street.
Where I live now is totally different. When we have company usually the first words out of their mouth is, “It’s so QUIET here!” And most of the time it is. But sometimes the crickets and birds get louder than you can imagine. We’ve had visitors who have asked how we can sleep at night with the Whippoorwills calling so loudly to each other. My awfullest sound has to be when I hear a pack of coyotes howling though! Ewww! It makes my skin crawl.
And the lights here! On a clear night it seems you can see a million stars in the velvety black sky untouched by any manmade lights. But on a cloudy night….watch out! It can be so dark that if you go outside without a flashlight you could not see your hand in front of your face!
As I look out the window of my Daddy’s house I realize that in spite of all the differences there are some things alike. All of the same things that God has placed in my yard are also here in my Daddy’s yard. Flowers. (I think my step-mother must have a BRIGHT green thumb!) Singing birds. Fig bushes loaded with green figs. And a grape vine heavy with bronze Scuppernongs (wild grapes).
So it seems that, town or country, God provides!