While clearing the dinner dishes from the table, I felt urged outside as if required to leave the stuffy kitchen and enter another realm of crisp April air. Almost without thinking I clicked the door latch and stepped onto the porch to be blessed by wet smells and the serenade of a lighthearted robin.
Our Australian Shepherd, an outdoor dog from birth, greeted me with a characteristic lick of my fingers and wagging tail - hoping for a romp together in the yard. I acknowledged him with a quick pat but then lifted my eyes to a magnetic sky erupted in huge, fiery billows. The setting sun had almost reached the horizon, and its intense glow magnified through layers upon layers of rolling clouds to create a puffy blanket of flourescent color.
I hurried to the house to grab my camera so I could record the spectacle. Once back outside, I ran up and down our driveway, hoping to capture the best angle and most dramatic moment just before the sun sank beneath the horizon.
In the midst of my photographic frenzy, it seemed our old dairy barn – built around 1900 – demanded attention in the foreground of each picture. As I checked out each digital shot, it soon became obvious that this was a study in contrast – the solid old structure built with laboriously hand-hewn timbers and wooden pegs standing before a backdrop of emerging, second-by-second drama.
As the sun disappeared and the sky grew gray, I returned to the house to meditate on the lesson learned: I should expect to experience heavenly mysteries within the context of temporal earthly life. This is how my heart would continue to merge with the heart of the Maker of it all.
Dear Beth, Hello again! This morning I got out my "Other's poems" notebook; my favorites of others that I savor. I re-read your, "Glimpses of Heaven" and just loved it all over again. Now I am stopping by to tell you how I have enjoyed A Study In Contrast! .....Have a blessed day! Jacque
" I should expect to experience heavenly mysteries within the context of temporal earthly life. This is how my heart would continue to merge with the heart of the Maker of it all."
I loved this line - it really says it all. The challenge for me to remember this moment to moment is another matter.:)