At the end our our early walk today, my friend and I rambled down the alley a ways, beyond the spot where we usually depart. Signs of the approaching season's change showed in an understated display. Flattened foliage, dry leaves and plants still pretty with enduring white flowers glowed quietly in the fresh light. As I turned to go home I caught the sun beaming in my eyes, illuminating the alley in a fresh wash of warm light.
In Psalm 112 David writes about the person who fears the LORD. "He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will have no fear."
Even though winter may be close by and bad news may be around the corner, we can remain rooted and solid, never shaken, secure. Having faith in our living Hope, our circumstances do not overwhelm us. Quiet confidence rises in the warm glow of His comforting presence.
Like flowers still blooming with frost just around the corner, I will love this day. I plan to find joy in unexpected places and savor it as a gift. Tomorrow will have worries of its own. I have a God who loves me and who will be with me through whatever comes my way. May I squint in the gleam of his nearness!