Spring is finally here. I know some of you may still be under a few clouds and snow, but here in Florida it is sunny and in the 80s. I could not resist the warmer weather, so I took my laptop out back and sat in the shade to work. But as I determined to focus on the screen before me, my spirit was distracted by all the beauty and sounds around me.
I closed my eyes for a moment and listened. There were short chirps coming from the trees overhead, a loud blasting caw emanating from the neighbor’s yard, and various bird calls antiphonally panning from right to left. A breeze blew, ruffling leaves and swaying branches. For a moment I felt like the boy in the movie August Rush, captivated by the symphony of sounds playing in the air, hearing them rhythmically organized and articulated. To me, it wasn’t just meaningless noise, it was music—Nature’s music.
With my eyes shut, my spirit relaxed and enjoyed the spring symphony. It sounded like the birds, the trees, and the wind were all praising the Lord in one accord. I could feel my spirit rise within me, wanting to join them in song. The presence of God seemed to float through the vibrations of Nature’s orchestra, causing such peace and joy to settle over me.
I didn’t get much work done this afternoon, but the “time of refreshing” that came from His presence was wonderful (Acts 3:19). As the seasons are changing, let me encourage you to take some time to sit in God’s beautiful creation, be it in the mountains, at the seashore, in a park, or in your backyard.
“The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”—August Rush