Posts tagged ‘peace’

Ranch “date”

Ranch date – working together

  • water gap repair – soil erosion slowed
  • cool breeze
  • cerulean blue sky fading from east to west to slate blue and then charcoal
  • towering castles in the sky with white tops and gray heavy bottoms
  • violet mountains and coral clouds
  • red ochre baked soil fading to a soft terra cotta
  • pearlescent clouds washed to a silvery gray
  • basso rumble of bulls and tenor bawl of calves, cows answering
  • coyotes “singing”
  • flame sky in east and twilight in west
  • job well done
  • nighthawks talking
  • velvet lips, affectionate pats
  • comfortable silence
    • peace, purpose, holy space
    • dusty clothes, dirty hands
    • content hearts
  • sunset reflectionwater gap2water gapsoniawashflame sky

Peaceful Pastures

Today has been one of those days….nothing going according to plan, everything taking longer than expected. As I drive out to check on the cows water and see if they’ve drifted into the next pasture like good students, I rehearse in my head my to do list….finish sanding the bedroom floor, review math with boys, emails that need sending, call the butcher, calls that need made, check the goat who is ready to kid any day and on and on. But….as I drive, I am slowly overtaken by God’s creation.
*the splash of white yucca blossoms against pale green sun cured grass
*golden sunshine bathing one foothill while the rest lounge in late afternoon shadows
* cattle lowing to their calves and calming chewing their cud
* the swoop of a hawk as he finds a new perch
*buzzing insects in the brush
* quiet sitting on the porch
* cool concrete on bare feet
* a tiny yellow bird flitting from branch to branch
*billowing clouds stark white against a impossibly blue sky

and I am reminded of the psalmist declaration “Be still and know that I am God”, I hear his gentle whisper in my heart – I know you, I love you, I am – quite fretting, work that needs doing will get done and the rest will wait or fall away, and one word comes stealing over me, calming my fretful heart, echoing in the breeze and the sunshine – Peace

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27