In which solitude and silence speaks loud and clear…Letting go and what time in New England taught us

VT SIGN

Sometimes you just need to run away for a day.

So we do, shifting burdens heavy to His shoulders strong and celebrate newness of life resurrected at a destination brand new to both of us.

This after passion flaring in all but good ways, and emotions plummeting from unexpected and disappointing news, and a few tears mixing with lots of prayers and we feel a change of scenery is called for.

Him calling us.

VT HOUSE

Hand in hand we walk along the Mile Around Wood — a path formed in the 1860s without cutting down a single tree in the forested hills behind the home of wealthy attorney Trenor Park as an antidote to the near nervous breakdown he was suffering.

And we can relate somewhat.

Through the testings we continue trusting God when we don’t understand the turn of events and draw closer to Him and each other as a result. And thank Him for the continual refinement individually and as a married couple and how far we have come with farther yet to go. Process never ending until the end that is our best beginning begins.

And who knows what we will be learning then.

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VT HAWK

Treading lightly into the stillness of the wood we hear occasional cawing and cardinals whistling and spy a hawk closer than at any time before. Bird of prey perched above a meadow like a watcher on the wall. Alert.

Offering up a prayer of gratitude for the love of God and for our better and worse love shared and singing praises to His name right there in the middle of all those blessed trees and rocks and sunshine warming.

Leaning into my Michael silence hedges us deep and he draws me close for our first kiss in Vermont {state #17 in our quest to kiss across America!} and we feel His holy kiss upon the tops of our heads, Father hugging His children close to His heart.

And He whispers Let go.

Laying down hopes and dreams and preconceived plans so that He might birth exactly what He will as we rest from any striving, surrendering more.

Stillness sharing lessons loud and clear.

And the only way to the High Places and deeper union with Christ “is by learning to accept, day by day, the actual conditions and tests permitted by God, by a continually repeated laying down of our own will and acceptance of His as it is presented to us in the form of the people with whom we have to live and work, and in the things which happen to us. Every acceptance of His will becomes an altar of sacrifice, and every such surrender and abandonment of ourselves to His will is a means of furthering us on the way to the High Places to which He desires to bring every child of His while they are still living on earth.”
~Hannah  Hurnard, Hinds’ Feet on High Places

And to the High Places we continue to go knowing that God’s great plan in all these things centers on Love and us learning how.

“The first and most important one is this,” Jesus replied—‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength’. The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’. No other commandment is greater than these.”
Mark 12:30

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Rest of the day is filled with rest, laughter, lots of love, and memories making — New England steeples and red bridges covered and monuments to battles won {and us and you with many more to fight on earth} and moose absolutely everywhere and leaving the woods to visit the resting site of the poet who wrote of the lovely, dark and deep.

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Fullness of the moments in these miles away from home bring us closer to Him, each other and Home.

And the stillness healing…

~sheila
All our longings end in love

 

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “In which solitude and silence speaks loud and clear…Letting go and what time in New England taught us

  1. You always share such great, thoughtful words that point us back to Christ! Thank you for sharing on LTT today!

  2. It’s amazing what a change of scenery can do. Glad you were able to get away. I’ve never been to Vermont; it looks lovely. I love your quest to kiss across America! 🙂

    • VERY good to get away that day. Lifted our spirits and perspective. A time of refreshing. And yes, we are silly romantics like that…kissing across the U.S. Thanks for adding your thoughts, Lisa. Always good to see you hear and to read your posts. Blessings…

    • Absolutely. When I work with women through our C2 services I often suggest that — when possible — in the midst of a hard time to take ten (at least) at go OUTSIDE. There is something so healing in God’s creation. Thanks, Mitzi. Lovely to see you here…