“7:00, not 6:30”, she reminded me on that particular night before morning.
The difference meant daylight, farm trucks and people headed in from the country.
Tops of the fields green with grass before becoming hay glistening like gold.
Cats creeping from their tentative sleeping place, homes lit by just one light.
The difference meant driving straight into the rising sun, so spectacular I refused to blind it with my visor.
And so, for a stretch of road I couldn’t bear to look away, only to creep ahead slowly by memory.
Day unfolding to not sure what, only that I had been sweetly awakened to life yet again.
To take hold and keep it, the difference in the day in the morning a little later.
And hoping to hold that awakened state of my soul a little longer.
7:00 not 6:30, sun not moon, seeing only what I can, not around the curve ahead.
Sometimes forgetting the way, lost in my own directions, returning like David or the questioning one, Thomas, to the way safely and surely forward.
The shepherd’s way.
“He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.”
Psalms 23:3 NLT
Father, help me to follow your lead.