Unexpected Inheritance

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe them, and try to follow where they lead.” Louisa May Alcott

Four years ago, we moved to our present home in north Louisiana after we renovated a 1936 house. We found the original hardwood floors and beadboard ceiling. It came with such nice features like the tall ceilings, old doors, and wooden shutters. What I didn’t realize was that it came with other treasures.

The first year I watched a brilliant tree outside my bedroom window come to life from the winter freeze to the spring and summer sun. A tree I had never seen before attached to our property—an inheritance from the former owners, a gift from God.

Grancy Greybeard Tree! Have you ever heard of it? I love everything about it. All the seasons. The cardinals have made it their courting tree and bring their families each year. Since basking in its beauty, I’ve searched for its likeness in other yards. But I’ve only seen them in the woods, secluded from society.

I love nature and the always surprising beauty. The former owners left me other surprises such as two lovely pecan trees and irises—white, purple, and yellow. I know I can’t thank them in person, but surely, they know what joy the additional beauties of nature still bring. Thank you, God, for the inheritance.

God is in the beauty all around my house. I just have to open my eyes and soul to see and appreciate it.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Thoreau

Have you found an unexpected inheritance at your fingertips?

Thin Places

I read in a devotional recently about “thin places.” I like the wording of this phenomenon when I can almost reach out and touch the face of God. Of course, we cannot do that literally, but we can have the sense of God so near. And He is near, for with the belief of Him residing in a believer’s heart puts Him right there. Yet, there are times when an experience is so amazing that there is an overwhelming sense of Him being close. In these thin places, the separation between heaven and earth seems to grow a bit thinner.

“For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” Psalm 57:10

Sometimes those experiences are in nature or simplicity. Here are a few of the thin places I have experienced:

  • A sunset
  • Beauty of flowers
  • Children and innocence
  • Animals and their faithfulness
  • Arms of a loved one
  • Meditation in silence of nature
  • Scripture
  • Love
  • Gardens
  • Walks

See if you can add to the list. Do you ever sense that thin place that puts you so near to God?

I yearn for more of the thin places especially in the thick of the battle.