I’ve always wanted to garden under the full moonlight.
I’ve never gardening under the full moonlight because I think the neighbors might hear the scritch-scratch of my shovel and imagine I was burying a dead person. If someone ever came up missing in our county, I bet they’d mention the strange noises coming from my yard in the middle of the night.
Since gardening was out, I asked my man if he would go on a walk to the river with me. I expected a “What?!” but he surprised me with a “K.”
It was just after midnight on Thanksgiving Day and the trees were swaying with the strong breezes coming in from the West. The river is flowing loudly tonight. Normally it is silent, but tonight it has flooded over the banks by just a couple of feet. It makes a gurgling sound as the water pushes its way through the fallen cedars and pines that Hurricane Ivan left in the middle of the river.
We walked, hand in hand …. well, then hand pulling hand because he was going too fast in his sneakers for my bare feet…then hand letting go of hand…Anyway, we walked in the moonlight together, watching the river flow past us so swiftly, hearing animals in the woods, and feeling wet sand between my toes.
I was reminded of the Creator, the One who has given us all reason for Thanksgiving. When we walked back up the yard, we visited the chickens. Princess, the rooster who we thought was a hen, did his side-of-the-head stare at us. I poked my finger through the chicken wire to touch a sleeping hen’s feathers.
Under the moon, with the stars above and the white clouds flowing swiftly across them, with the breeze blowing cool air and with the river gurgling and the hens shifting their weight on the roost, I thought of our Creator.
“The Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech and night unto night uttereth knowledge. There is no speech nor language where His voice is not heard.”
We can hear Him and see Him in creation. If you are ever wondering where God is, get outside and be in the midst of his creation. THAT is the Great Cathedral. You will find Him there.
For God’s creation of nature, and for His creation of mankind…I am thankful this Thanksgiving.
(Originally published on my 2004-05 Keeping the Home blog)