Some theologians have said that nature is our “first scriptures.” This means that long before the Bible was ever written, God was revealing God’s own self through the natural world. This “divine revelation” through creation continues today. Here are three little poems that celebrate God’s revelation through three simple experiences with nature: sunlight on water accompanied by two dolphins, a persistently chirping robin, and an oak tree wrapped in fog. The first poem is by a good friend of mine, Pat Livingston, of Tampa, Florida. Pat is a wife, mother, and grandmother as well as a fine writer and retreat director. The last two poems are by me.
“The Message” (Isaiah 41:10)
By Patricia Livingston
My grandson calls them diamonds
The glittering sun motes
Bouncing off the rippling water’s edges.
Today I’m watching diamonds
By the thousands in the Bay.
Then, two fins in tandem
Slowly break the surface –
Dolphins and diamonds
On this later spring afternoon
As hope was slipping from my heart.
No way to miss the message:
“Do not be afraid
For I am with you.”
Isaiah heard it long ago—
Today it came to me
In diamonds and dolphins.
* * * * * *
“Don’t Sing so Loud, Robin”
By Melannie Svoboda, SND
“Don’t sing so loud, Robin,” I say.
“Your persistent chirping
is announcing your precise location
to some passing hawk in search of breakfast.”
But my warning does no good.
Robin continues to sit in the old oak tree
Nothing— not danger, not fear,
not smallness, not even death itself
can squelch his wild exuberance
at being given yet another day
to sing on planet earth.
Please God, may it be so with me. Amen.
* * * * *
“I pray facing the window”
I pray facing the window,
the open book upon my lap.
As the morning light appears, I glance up
and see the oak tree wrapped in fog—
a fog so dense only a branch or two is peaking through.
“Wow!” I whisper. “Beautiful!”
Then I turn my attention back to the printed page.
But my eyes refuse to stay there.
They want only one thing: to gaze upon that tree.
And they won’t take no for an answer.
So, I say,
Sorry, Holy Words.
Sorry, Finely Crafted Phrases.
A tree in fog
has become my prayer.
Do any of these poems speak to you today?
Have you had a “divine revelation” through nature? Reflect on it. What was the revelation?
Today’s song is by “Big Daddy Weave,” a popular Christian band that has been making beautiful music together for almost 20 years. This song is “Overwhelmed.” (The group will be appearing at “The Fest” on August 5 in Wickliffe, OH. It’s free!) I’m offering two versions: the first is the official music video with some children in Tanzania. The second is the official lyric video.
What do you think or feel about the poems or music? I encourage you to share your response below.