Thank God for Normal

20 Sep

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It was a normal morning—for just a little while.

Peg and I were on our way to Mass. When we turned east off Longwood’s Sabal Palm Drive onto Hwy 434, it ceased to be normal.

There, displayed in the distance, was a panorama of color as I’d never before seen in a sunrise. There were layers of golden orange, here and there a touch of red, and streaks of a rather dull blue-gray—and to the left, hovered a huge, soft-blue cloud with a brilliant white lining on its crest. Off to the right was an “uncertain” cloud, sort of grey in color, with no distinct shape, just sort of stretched out as though reaching for or away from the sun.

Every time we headed east, there was that glorious gift from God.

I wonder how many people noticed it.

I wonder whether God gives us such beauty just to remind us that all is well, that we are important to him, that indeed every cloud has a silver lining.

I wonder whether God is telling us that there is, behind that cloud with its silver lining, a brilliance that suffocates sadness, calms anger, soothes grief, enlightens minds and heals wounded souls.

Thank God for normal.

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4 Responses to “Thank God for Normal”

  1. bertghezzi@cfl.rr.com September 21, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Nice!

  2. margekut@comcast.net September 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Dear Henry, All is there for us to enjoy.  We are “normally”  caught up in our own little world & miss this beauty.  Thanks for the reminder. In Jesus, Marge

  3. Mark September 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Thank God indeed for his handiwork! ” O Lord our Lord how glorious is your name over all the earth! You have exalted your majesty above the heavens…When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stares which you set in place–what is man that you should be mindful of him, the son of man the you should care for him? (Ps. 8:2,4-5).

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