I love the moonlight,
I love the old fashioned things…
The sound of rain, upon a window pane…
The starry song that April sings!
Ever consider yourself old-fashioned?
In the lovely sonnet sense of this Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern gem, I do.
For what the world snubs and dubs old-fashioned… mmm… seems so akin to continually keeping an eye out for God’s beauty, His wondering, His music to amaze– and discovering, uncovering, starry songs of April like hidden beribboned packages in the everyday ordinary.
In holding hands, in sighing sighs, these melody poets go on to elucidate.
In moonlight… in the sound of rain, upon my windowpane… (I LOVE and find it in the cadence of those very words, sound of rain upon my windowpane! Don’t you?)
I am wondering today how many of His daily valentines such as these I may be missing… or not recognizing His hand in…
- The birdsong that lifts my heart, especially when I am amazed by it on a snowy day! (Did you send them just for me, Lord?)
- The compliment from a stranger who takes time to notice. (Did you put that in her mind to encourage me, Father?)
- The letter from a friend who tells me she is thinking of me (Are you telling me you put me on the heart of a friend, to let me know YOU are thinking of me most of all, Lord?)
- The unexpected provision arriving just exactly when I need it. (O Father, thank you!)
- The silvery way the light glances off a tree branch and stirs my soul. (You send your artistry to sing into my day, O God!)
- The aroma of soup bubbling on my stove and singing home in my heart. (You are the fragrance that warms me, Lord!)
In Jan Karon’s Mitford novels, she has this playful routine that the main character and his wife often engage in out of the blue moments. Father Tim will suddenly turn apropos of nothing to his wife and ask… Cynthia, Cynthia, what do you love?
And trippingly off her tongue comes a swift litany of her joys in ordinary life…
Butter melting on toast, snow-capped mountains, church bells ringing….
All the simple things we take for granted until they aren’t there. Heat that permeates our cars at the touch of a button. (Well, on these frost-bite days, maybe it takes 10 minutes or so…) The lovely warmth and scent of just-washed pajamas fresh from the dryer. The sheer white joy of curtains blowing in a breeze… The way someone’s eyes I love crinkle round the edges when they smile…
And the every day happenstances when we suddenly SEE Someone is going ahead of us, anticipating our needs, arranging blessings that beget more from our hands to others…
“Let’s invite Sammy and Kenny and Harley over for burgers and pool this evening. What do you think?”
She smiled, eyes still closed.
“So amazing. Puny was going to make chili tomorrow, so we have two pounds of Avis’ best. And I just bought a head of cabbage for coleslaw.”
The little miracles. Those were the ones to watch for in this life.
I’ll chop!” he said.
~ Jan Karon, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good
I’m convinced… God is sending more not-so-hidden valentines in our days than we imagine, waiting for us to uncover and unwrap and recognize His handwriting on the tags.
To hear the starry song the blossoms know. Feel the breezes He’s tied in a bow.
For you, the one I love.
And when we find these tiny miracles, raise our hearts and hands in blessing the Father of Lights, He cups our valentines sent back to Him close to His heart.
(Father, open our eyes to recognize Your Hand more and more in all our moments)
And so, like Father Tim, I ask myself… and you…
Reader, reader… What do YOU love? 🙂
In this moment…
Looking out on my living room, clean and clear of Christmas decorations (finally!) 🙂
Sunshine on the snow outside my window, melting away ice from my driveway!
Home-made biscuits fresh from the oven, with my soup lunch!
Any of Heaven’s Scarlet ribbon valentines on your doorstep today? 🙂
“Lord, make me a blessing to someone today.”
~ Father Tim, Jan Karon’s Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good
© Pam Depoyan
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