My favorite and I celebrated our 41st anniversary, heading off to a quiet little cabin, secretly hoping it would rain and force us to stay in, read a good book, and have a tea together.
This type of get away has become increasingly popular for us, and for this particular getaway, we chose a cabin in a tiny town, 15 minutes northeast of Fredericksburg Texas. The cabin appealed to us in that the owner claimed the deer were plentiful in the area. A little (natural) wildlife for my wifey and I is very appealing.
Nevertheless, we stayed for a couple nights, and each morning, I would get up before sunrise and head out to the porch with a coffee and my Bible, and simply experience the quietness of nature. In the quietness of the morning, I could hear the crickets chirping in the distance and a faint “ticking” noise that I didn’t recognize. Obviously it must be the deer, but I would be patient and not turn on the porch light, for fear of scaring them off. I later found out that the noise I heard is the dropping of leaves onto the ground. Yes it was that quiet!
Sitting on the porch in the quiet, allowed my thoughts to slow down, my vision to open up and the skies to speak.
And my mind thought of Psalm 19.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, – Psalm 19:1-4 ESV
In the dark, surrounded by stillness, the voice of the heavens shout. Sitting in the quietness, the Lord allowed me to view my first falling star, and with the moon behind some clouds, each star pierced the sky. To try to imagine the distances to the stars always comes far short of reality, and the immenseness of the sky enthralls me. The sky alone speaks of the vastness of our creator, and to sit quietly under His creation brought about a sense of awe and worship I rarely experience. I recently visited Montana, and experienced a similar time with the Lord. See Let Me Tell You a Story – Montana
As the early morning allowed the sun to rise, I found myself able to view a doe in the yard, picking up some of the dry corn the owner spreads for them. To see these graceful animals so close was a blessing and reminded me of Psalm 42, where the psalmist speaks of a deer panting for water. (See Psalms for Psome – Ps 42 – A)
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. – Psalm 42:1
Granted, the deer we viewed were searching for food instead of water, but my thoughts were drawn to the goodness of God in supplying both food and water to His creation. Whether it be through an owner of a cabin or the natural growth the deer depends on, God supplies.
Later that weekend, as my wifey and I were around a firepit, we watched as a dozen or so deer wandered within our view, with four of them antlered bucks. As we sat quietly, we enjoyed a bit of nature up close, for the deer were confident enough to be within 20 – 30 feet of the porch.
It was a wonderful time, and although it didn’t rain, forcing us inside to read a book, we found the Lord’s choice for our weekend to be the better option.
And a bonus add on to the weekend, internet was spotty at best – such a blessing!
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