“He leadeth me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul.” Ps. 23: 2-3a
The hills are still green. What a blessing! The hills along South Mountain road look almost quilted, where the grass grew up, and the water spilled down, and now there are triangles embossed on the hills. It’s beautiful. On the east side of the parsonage, I have left the grass to grow. It blows in the wind. Its moving makes me think of God. Of Christ. Of Spirit. Pneuma: wind, breath, spirit.
While at Yosemite I got to see the rivers overflowing their banks, spreading refreshing water over ground and around trees unused to such succor. There were big ol’ Ponderosa pines getting their feet wet, and one could almost sense their pleasure, sense them wiggling their root-toes in the wet, refresh-ed soil, sighing. The pneuma singing in their branches. Spirit and substance united.
In the stories of the feeding of the 5,000, in Matthew, Mark, and John, there is mention of grass, in John, “there was much grass in that place.” Jesus led them to lie down in green pastures, and then He fed them all. All. “5,000 men, not counting women and children.” And we have green grass here. Now.
Look upon our green and lovely land, and know that God is present here, and like Jesus feeding the 5,000, He yearns to refresh us and sustain us and restore us to health and wholeness. Body and soul. Spirit and flesh. Pneuma without and within.
Look upon the Sespe hills, the bold bright green laying over the places that were burned just a few short months ago. Look upon the quilted hills along South Mountain and rejoice in God’s handiwork.
The green grass and the green hills are a sign of God’s presence in the world. In our world. Now. Of God’s refreshment of our world. He leads us and feeds us and refreshes us and restores us. If we take time to notice. When we take time to notice. Thanks, God.
Thanks God, for refreshing us, for reminding us of Your presence in our lives, for loving us unconditionally, for being You. Now and Always. Amen. Blessings, Pastor Bethany