The Trail Is Alive

Saturday, November 15, 2014
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Isaiah 55:12 – You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. (NIV)

This morning, The Trail is alive with sights and sounds to delight the senses.

Goldenrod and purple asters line either side, intermingling with patches of Queen Anne's lace, swaying in the gentle breeze. Monarch butterflies circle and glide looking for just the right milkweed leaf on which to lay their eggs. Grapevines intertwine with the brilliant red sumac. And behind them, a thick forest of reds, yellows, and oranges stretch out their arms, painting a panorama of gorgeous colour against the patches of brilliant, blue sky peeking through their branches.

On the opposite side of The Trail, a field of goldenrod reaches out to meet a large expanse of ripe, green soybean plants stretching away into the distance.

The raucous calls of blue jays mingle with the clamouring honking of a large flock of geese rising from their overnight resting place. They wheel overhead, then turn southward towards their winter home. What a tremendous sight! I stand amazed at the combination of beauty surrounding me. Majestic sights and sounds in such variety are displayed so vividly here on The Trail in such a brief moment in time, that it almost takes my breath away. And the fact that the Creator of all of this beauty is our God, forever and ever, is so far beyond my comprehension that all I can do is stand with upraised arms. I am, once again, lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Take time from your busy schedule to stop, look, and listen, my friends. Breathe in the crisp fragrance of fall and the scent of burning leaves, and along with me, be amazed, once again, at the wonder of our God Who loves us so much that He takes time to send these rich blessings of sight, sound, and smell over and over again.

Prayer: Father, we stand in awe of Your love. With all of the confusion and problems in this world, You still take moments to paint our world with breathtaking colour every autumn. With Mary S. Edgar, we pray, "God, who touches earth with beauty, make my heart anew; with Your Spirit recreate me, pure, and strong, and true." We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A wonderful reminder Sharon.

    This reminds me of the song-the hills are alive with the sound of music…(music created by God’s creatures for sure!!)

    What a beautiful, worshipful, and awe-inspiring devotional! You painted such a vivid picture in words. Thank you!! I especially appreciated your prayer!!
    Blessings to you.

    Thank you for today’s devotion. It spoke to me since I too enjoy observing the beauty of our world. Just a little info for you about the hymn. It was written while she visited the family cottage of a friend, on Eagle Lake near South River ON

    Sharon – such a beautiful description of the work of the Creator which sits before as at this time of year. I’m living in the midst of a mountain range, palm trees, beautiful beaches, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. And I’m thinking of Psalms 19:1-6 (NKJV)
    Thanks and God bless.

    Dear Sharon:
    You painted wonderful word pictures, and I could picture in my mind the scene you were describing.
    Yes, we live in a wonderful and beautiful world, and have freedom to praise the Lord who created all this.
    God bless you, and keep writing.

    Thank you for a lovely description of the beauty around you. Mine is deep snow, with bright sunlight. Many tiny birds at the feeder and the smell of wood smoke from fireplaces.
    So lovely, makes me wonder what the heavenly home must be like.
    God bless your day.

    Dear Sharon!
    You took me back to years of walking trails and fields… In the midst of sights and sounds of nature.
    In the rising sun and evening sunset. The musicians of the nature composing a symphony of praise.
    Thank for the reminder.
    God be with you!

    Beautiful Sharon,
    Thanks for reminding us of God’s beautiful creation.
    For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
    (Romans 1:20 NLT)

    This is an awesome reminder God is at work in His creation. Blessings.

    Amen to your prayer! If we look through the eyes of love, we will see God’s handiwork!

    What a beautiful word picture you have painted of our God’s wonderful blessings. Thank you. Even in all the beauty as well as the pain of this world we have promise of a better place in our Lord. Thanks for sharing.

    Dear Sharon,
    Thanks you for today’s devotional. Your writing is so beautifully descriptive that we can easily visualize the picture you so vividly describe. Of course it is spiritually uplifting too.
    I hope you will be the author of books, if you are not already into that.

    Hello Sharon,
    Thank you for your beautiful description of your walk at this time of year in God’s creation.
    I was lifting my hands up in praise and adoration with you!
    There was a computer glitch and I couldn’t access the devotional on the 15th. I believe I was meant to see it today since I am supposed to be on a hike this morning with my husband, but alas couldn’t go since I awoke not feeling well.
    May God continue to bless you as you write and live for Him,
    PS. I use to sing Mary Edgar’s song at camp as a young girl and loved it then as now. Thank you for the “down memory lane moment” and reminding me of the words again.

    Thanks, Sharon. This is truly one of your best and what blessing!
    Keep writing.

    Dear Sharon,
    Beautiful, poetic, God-honoring, praising Him.
    Keep writing to His glory.

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