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Aug
11

Island Time

Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. {Psalm 29:2}

Aloha!

Beach, Big Island of Hawaii

 

Randy and I have returned from our beautiful vacation in Hawaii.  It was amazing and I am looking forward to sharing some of the wonderful experiences we had there.  During the next few days, I will be revealing all the new things about A Quiet Chaos’ new home.  It had been planned for this week, but I am having a little trouble shifting from Island time to Northern Virginia time.  Then to top it off, I had some crazy reaction to something in the air and I have been taking Benadryl for four days.  So I am a little behind this week to say the least.

 

Between bouts of scratching and unpacking, I literally stumbled across my journal and opened it to find some scrap pieces of paper I had written on during the overnight flight home.  So I thought, what better way to kick off the revealing of all things new, is to tell you one of the many places I found God.

 

Each Friday, I will reveal my favorite place that I found God during the week and I will ask you to share where you found God.

 

This week I found God in a thunderstorm.  The plane hums  in the darkness and a thunderstorm brews in a velvet sky full of stars.  The lightening strikes and illuminates towers of clouds. The one in the middle looks like a throne. The lightening strikes so quickly, it appears as sharp flickering lights – as if many people have their hands on light switches, flipping them up and down, on and off, over and over again.  We are flying on the edge of the storm.  It stretches for miles and more; mere glimpses of God’s almighty power.  It is mesmerizing and I sit in awe as a shooting star falls from the Heavens to the Earth below me.  A gift, as I fight sleep like a toddler who is not quite ready for bed, waiting for one more sliver of beauty before I relent and close my eyes to accept sleep.  The plane rocks on the turbulence , lulling me and I count stars and write words.  I love to fly because I feel a gain a glimpse of what the earth below must look like from God’s view.  I feel closer to God as I fly through the midnight skies as if it only has to do with proximity, but it is so much more.  I am present to feel God’s creative power with wonder like a child, reaching out as if the shorter distance might allow me to touch Heaven for a moment – just one ephemeral moment. I want to close my eyes, but the insomniac in me says, “no,” so I continue to write words, slow down my mind, empty it to just exist for a few moments in stillness.  I doze and awaken to dawn begging to make her entrance as the pale morning light washes away the velvety darkness and the twinkling stars.  The half moon hangs on, luminescent, pure. An orange ball of fire rises in the east lifting the fog from the slumbering earth, and the coolness of the night clings to my skin in a chill as I exit Dulles into the waiting morning sunshine.

 

Now, it is your turn so leave please leave a comment below and tell me…

 

Where did you find God this week? 


Mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you,

Elizabeth

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4 Responses to “Island Time”

  1. Marye says:

    This week God revealed himself in a dancing Monarch butterfly upon my milkweed garden. I had not seen a Monarch all season until this week. I stopped and watched the butterfly for a good 5 minutes and thought about how God tries to focus us on the important things in life. God provides milkweed as the only plant that the Monarch can lay its eggs upon. I just wonder about the incredible detailing that God imprinted upon the creation of the Earth. Just that fact is a miracle. All of it is miraculous. Slowing down to observe the gifts around me is a real treasure when I take the time to look.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Marye,

      I find myself amazed each day at all the ways God reveals Himself to us. I love it when my milkweed blooms. The bees just buzz around it and then the Monarchs come and make themselves at home. God’s design is something to marvel and behold. That shooting star I saw, it was as if God was reaching out and waving, saying, “Here I am.”

  2. Dena Dyer says:

    I love your description of flying and the way you found God in the thunderstorm. I found God this week in the way our community rallied to meet needs of the less fortunate. I love how God shows us in so many different ways–and usually just when we least expect it! BTW, we’re very thankful that you’ve joined our HC network, and look forward to getting to know you better.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Dena – so happy you stopped by. It is such a beautiful gift that God shows up in unexpected ways, Thanks for the welcome to HC. I am excited to be involved in such an awesome ministry.

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