A Crystalline Day

April 10, 2015
by Cassandra Wessel

Psalm 147:16 – He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. (NIV)

Snow-shy birds recently back from warmer climates sang me awake to a crystalline glaze frosting every surface. I walked outside with my golden canine companion across crusty puddles that crunched and crackled underfoot. Elliot sniffed around while I refilled empty feeders. Cheerful, tittering birds immediately sought snow-hidden morsels beneath the feeders. Their joy lightened my uneasiness about an eye examination later that day. As my dog and I walked up the block to post some bills, Canadian geese winged overhead honking in "V" formation northward.

When my dog and I arrived at the ponds, geese were already swimming in the small slice of open water while others waddled along the shore. Elliot's eyes followed the large birds across the wide field. His nose lifted to sniff, and then, he gave a low "woof". He dropped his head to the ground to search for other scents. A gander honked an alert to his geese. Almost in unison, their wings beat the air as they soared in a wide arc across the ponds. As a favourite verse flew into my mind, my soul soared with them.

Isaiah 40:31 – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV)

A peace entered my heart that carried me through the stress of a day buzzing with activity. At the doctor's office, the test indicated a slight deterioration in my vision that required glasses for most tasks. Praise God, there was a remedy. I wondered why I had allowed myself to fret in the first place. God had walked alongside me throughout the day, calming my fears and allowing my soul to soar like eagles … or even geese.

When we focus our thoughts on God instead of on our troubles, God's peace and presence will reward us as we forge ahead.

Prayer: Loving God, grant us an awareness of Your presence, and enable us to trust You completely when we walk through our daily troubles, for we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Cassandra Wessel <casswessel@ymail.com>
Tionesta, Pennsylvania, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you Rev. Sandy.


    Another good reminder Cass. Thanks for sharing. God bless.


    So truce, Cassandra. Thanks for the pertinent reminder as I start this day.
    (Texas)


    Cass, Isaiah 40:31 is also one of my favorite verses and I needed the reminder as I too forgot to” let go and let God” as I face health issues this week. Thank you and may our God continue to bless you as you serve Him.
    (Texas)


    Nice title Cass. I enjoyed listening to the podcast as I imagined the wonderful scene you described. It’s amazing how God often speaks through the beauty of nature to remind us of His blessed promises. I’m glad to hear your eye exam had a good outcome.
    Keep writing!


    Thank you! This was so well-timed, it must have been the hand of God. My minister forwarded it to me, after my husband and I had a very restless night, due to a newly-fractured shoulder for him after a fall.
    God bless you! Keep up the good work.
    (Alberta, Canada)


    Hi Cassandra,
    Thank you for your kind words. I liked your writings this morning as well. Geese are one of my favorite birds, and believe me we have a lot of them around here on the edge of Georgian Bay.
    Blessings.


    Good Morning Cassandra:
    What a beautiful devotional. I envisioned every step you and your pal made together that day that with warm and cozy thoughts. God is good indeed. How blessed and thankful we should be to have the abilities to hear, see and obsserve the many wonderful works provided by His almighty hand.
    I was so touched by your message I had to say Thank You.
    Thanks for making my day even more blessed.


    Hi Cass;
    Your devotional came at the most appropriate time in my life. My daughter has been under severe back pain and at times it just cripples her. Living with constant pain, trying to find the right spot in order to sleep for just a little bit, is a crap shoot for her. As a mother, to watch your daughter in such pain and not being able to do something for her is heart-wrenching. The only thing that I can do is pray to our heavenly Father for His help and comfort and direct the doctor to a proper diagnosis. Your words: “When we focus our thoughts on God instead of on our troubles, God’s peace and presence will reward us as we forge ahead,” and your prayer, meant a lot to me. Thank you.

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