Noisy morning

As I write this morning, there is a cow in the neighbors pasture bawling for her calf. Over and over she cries out, persistent. Freckles, my dog, is out there on the trail of a rabbit or fox this morning, baying and chasing. It’s a noisy morning out there and the sun is not up yet! So noisy, that I can’t hear the song birds I usually hear outside my window every morning.

It’s noisy in my head too.

You’re the one who conquers giants
You’re the one who calls out kings
You shut the mouths of lions
You tell the dead to breathe
You’re the one who walks through fire
You take the orphan’s hand
You are the one Messiah
You are I AM

These words have been rolling over and over in my mind this morning. Nothing more. Loud and persistent like the cows (now there’s more than one) and the dog right now. And though I’d love to have something profound and clever to say about them, I don’t. But I wonder where the quiet, sweet music of the “song birds” went this morning. Those tiny morsels of sweetness I feel in the quiet hours of early morning.

C. S. Lewis said that God shouts to us in our pain. In all the turmoil of my life, big or small, God is in the thick of it. In the cacophony of cows bawling, dogs barking, birds singing, and Mercy Me singing in my head, He is there. God, the great I AM, is able to conquer giants, walk through fire, call out kings, shut the mouths of lions, tell the dead to breathe… And he is able to do far more abundantly than all I could ask or think. My problems in this life may seem giant-like, king-sized to me, but not to Him.

Hallelujah He lives in me
Hallelujah He lives in me

As the sun comes up, I can see one of the cows in the pasture, standing in the pale gray light of early morning, calling out, searching, anxious for her baby. I imagine God doing the same thing. Standing there in the early morning, calling out to me, searching for me, anxious for me. Shouting to me in my pain.

Featured image is my dog, Freckles with my granddaughter, Molly.

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