So far, 2017 has been a little disappointing. I realize we are only five days in and I’m not prone to depression, so it’s going to be okay. I’m just saying, 2017 needs to step it up. This verse in Ecclesiastes sort of sums it up for me today:
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 ESV
However yesterday, our Oregon family experienced something new: SNOW! This is Braydon outside their door on the golf course. Something about his little frame in green and red against the pure white of the snow and his wonder at seeing the snow-laden tree just settles my heart in peace and assures me that there might be nothing new under the sun, but new experiences await us all.
This picture reminds me of another favorite passage of scripture.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have broken rejoice. Psalm 51:7-8 ESV
Here in California we are getting some much-needed rain. With many things on my mind, I woke up at about 2:30 am and didn’t go back to sleep but in the stillness of early morning I could hear soft rain hitting the trees in the wetland garden behind our house. I prayed for awhile and listened to Tom’s sleep noises and I breathed in thankfulness.
Five days in and it’s disappointing. But I have hope that even today, I will hear joy and gladness.