Friday, April 20, 2012

Walking by wetlands

"Our" forest in autumn...

I was hurrying on the walking path today, muscles aching from meeting my hour long walking goal for the first time yesterday... while trying to beat the rumble of thunder off in the distance.  I'd be fortunate to make thirty minutes this morning even if the weather cooperated for I was very, very sore.  :)

Just in case the storm would hit and I'd have to run into a building, I walked the section of the path which moseys through the research buildings on one side... wetlands on the other.  Quite an unusual set of neighbors there even for land cut out of a forest.

I stopped briefly to view the beauty of the swamp at my side (for to me they will always be swamps).  I grew up near swamp lands, one was located past the fence at the back of our yard and over a small hill.  Legend was the quicksand once swallowed a tractor.

Thankfully, my mother didn't know the number of times I climbed a tree to get a better view but even as a child I knew I should not get any closer.  Anyway, there were snakes in the swamp and I had no desire to meet up with one of them.  Just in case one gets too curious, there are fences around this swamp.

The Midwest once had so many wetlands, I have been told one could canoe across parts of Ohio, Northern Indiana, and Illinois.  Of course, A Girl of the Limberlost takes place near Ft. Wayne.  But those days are long gone and the wetlands are now much smaller and more local.

I found it interesting to be gazing at the primeval swamp to my right with its' still waters, fallen logs, and the forest of greenery it sets within... and to my left the sounds of heavy construction equipment were at work digging the foundations for a new research building for the 21st Century.  They could be heard in spite of the ear buds on my itty bitty iPod bringing soothing music to my soul.

This week (on different days) I have walked to Indelible Grace and John Denver (now there is an interesting combination).  However, this morning I was listening to a variety of recent contemporary Christian music selections when I came to one of my husband's favorite songs... Blessings.

I needed its' message this morning as I played and replayed the grace filled words.  I share them now with you...  oh, I did finish my walk and make it home before the storm hit!

Blessings
by Laura Story

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom

Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us

When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It's not our home

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
 

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

8 comments:

a8383 said...

Oh Brenda that is so beautiful! I listened to it on You tube- had not heard before. And I needed it today- struggling with a friend's betrayal. Thank you, Angela

Vee said...

That's my newest "favorite" as well. Ohhhh, of course, you would know and love A Girl of the Limberlost. Another favorite of mine. An hour each day of walking? Wow. That's commitment. I can do fifteen minutes and that's enough for me for now. Seven and a half minutes out and eight and a half back in...that's fifteen, right?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful hymn with us. I really needed to read that today.

Terra said...

Ah, this is not our home. This I believe, and the lyrics are wonderful. I am glad you completed your walk and made it home.
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Angela said...

I'm impressed with your walking! It seems like a lot of us are having to pick our exercise back up. Exercise is about the only thing standing between me and a bad family history. I needed to hear the words of the song, too. I've been a little put out with God, wanting Him to really change some people in my life, not just give me strength to put up with them -- do you hear me whining? I always check your blog for some encouragement and some right thinking. Thanks!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

A Girl of the Limberlost was a great favorite of mine which I have not reread in too long......We really have lost too many wetlands and only recently realized that they are there for a purpose and should have been left. I certainly am glad that you returned home in time!

Front Porch Grace said...

That song is so powerful. It's one of my favorites, too.

Also I grew up near the Everglades in FL. I can easily visualize the swamplands and wetlands.

You are inspiring me to get out and walk again.

Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Came across this song too, quite sometime ago...must say it surely spoke for my heart too!! We simply cannot see the beautiful tapestry made of the tangled backside of it that is our view right now.
Elizabeth in NC