To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
As the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
until he has mercy upon us.
Spring is coming to the Bridger Tetons in Wyoming. And I am fascinated by how the shadows seem to have a say in how the sun melts the snow. But in my fascination, I notice my eyes are fixated on the patches of snow on the ground.
My neighbor helped me turn my eyes upward. “Look at the tops of the aspen trees, the leaves are just starting to show.” Yes…indeed…the aspens appear to have light green halos. And with the evergreen trees in the background, the new aspen leaves are even more striking.
I think of Psalm 123 and the metaphor of God’s goodness that is before me. Like the evergreens, God’s grace and mercy are a forever reality. But there are seasons when one’s soul longs to be seen and known with all its stirrings. Being fully known and seen takes time and can ebb and flow in our relationships. In the ebbs, we wait, pay attention and look upward for reminders that God’s mercy is not far.
In time, we step out of the shadows, of our making, and let the mind of Christ renew us heart, soul, mind and strength. We step into the familiar flow of God’s grace, evermore aware that God’s mercy is once again upon us!
How are you experiencing God’s mercy upon you in nature? In what ways are you longing to expereince God’s mercy?
If you are a spiritual director, how can you help others experience God’s mercy?