There’s a passage from Psalms 66 that’s been singing in my thoughts lately. It says, “Come and see the works of God.”
Come and see.
The works of God are here to be seen.
But you have to come; show up; open your eyes; look; see; be mentally, consciously present; look and listen deeper: through that quiet, silent, inner sense.
As a student in university, I came across this poem by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, shortly after a good friend had died.
The dogwood hurts me as I run
beneath its load
Those white stars cascading
Down the wood road,
Those white blossoms with the faces
Upturned to the sun.
The grace of their branches is compassionate,
In an uncompassionate world.
The whiteness of their blossoms is too pure
To be unfurled
In a world soiled by the feet of men;
And they are open–too open,
In their flat uplifted acceptance
Of the sky.
(And I do not believe!)
(Oh, they deceive–they deceive!)
And I shut my ears to their cry):
“Look, it is here, the answer,
It is here,
If you would only see,
If you would only listen,
If you would only open your heart.”
“Look it is here!”
Not long after discovering this poem, I found a card in a shop that made me think of my dear friend, and without thinking, I thought, “I want to get this for Sally;” and then remembered. But before I could begin the plunge towards grief again, a quiet thought came: “She already got your message.” I felt a peace about her, a sense of hope about the bigness and grandeur of life that I hadn’t felt like that before. Never again have I felt a loss of this friend, more a presence, an assurance of her life, integrity and ongoing journey.
In a season so full of deep hope and yearning, we can all heed that quiet invitation to come and see the works of God: to discover the peace that lies unkillably within; the joy waiting to spring forth; the kindness, goodness and purity of childlike wonder. With this deeper seeing and spiritual knowing, we’ll begin to glimpse our lives and each other in an ever clearer light, the light of holy light, and in turn find awakening, restoration, healing and peace.