For a Conversation With God–Shaking the Earth


 12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place,
13 that it might take the earth by the edges
and shake the wicked out of it?
Job 38: 12-13

The dawn comes exceptionally early the first days of summer.  Birds are singing by 4 AM, with light creeping across the horizon soon after.   Yet there is a startling suddenness of day break–as if earth has been taken by the edges and given a good shake, so what is left is crisp and clear and clean for a new day.

I need a good shake every now and then to loosen the filth and debris that I’ve accumulated and no longer even notice in my life.  The orderliness of the daily sunrise and the birdsong are a reminder of control that I will never have or know.  I witness it rather than orchestrate it.

Like the dawn, I am shown my place.

 

2 thoughts on “For a Conversation With God–Shaking the Earth

  1. Thank you, Emily. I love the photo of Mt. Baker (is it from Briarcroft? It looks like it). And I love your words, especially the fact that you have meditated on our Sun. eve study, and applied it to your every morning awaking routine on the Gibson farm. The Lord has given us some wonderful questions in that chapter to ask ourselves every morning, and by thinking on them, as you have, to learn to SEE that with which He surrounds us each day, and be humbled by it. Thank you for your encouragement by example, Emily.

  2. This reminds me of the lyrics of one of my favorite songs! It’s by Rich Mullins and it’s titled “Calling out Your Name”.

    “From the place where morning gathers
    You can look sometimes forever ’til you see
    What time may never know
    What time may never know
    How the Lord takes by its corners this old world
    And shakes us forward and shakes us free
    To run wild with the hope
    To run wild with the hope

    The hope that this thirst will not last long
    That it will soon drown in the song
    Not sung in vain
    And I feel thunder in the sky
    I see the sky about to rain
    And I hear the prairies calling out Your name.”

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