What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Trees of the Field Shall Clap Their Hands

"For you shall go out with joy,
and be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills 
shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."

Isaiah 55:12

If you've been keeping up with me here lately, you know that I am in the midst of a huge life change! It would be most appropriate to state that this is definitely an event that fits the title of my blog, Closed Doors, Open Windows perfectly!  If you go back to the very beginning of when I first started to write this blog, way back in February of 2010, you will see that the driving force behind my writing was the fact that I was in between jobs...one door had definitely closed in my life, and I was diligently searching for another to open as quickly as possible.  It didn't happen quite as soon as I thought it should...but in God's perfect timing He opened the window of His choice

The next five and a half + years were not always filled with joy and laughter...there were many trials to face during that time, not only in my work, but in the realm of my whole life...(click on each link to go back in time and read the history)Read here about "The Last Farewell""How Could I Not Want This Day to Come?".  But there were some wonderful blessings and times of joy as well...Read "Blessed to Be A Blessing""An Offering of Praise".  

And now, today, a Monday, is the first day of my true retirement from working.  (Actually, last Friday was my last day of work, but today is the first day that I didn't actually have to set my alarm and get up and go to work).  The full reality of that probably won't hit me until I realize that I won't be earning regular paychecks anymore, and we are going to have to watch every penny to survive.  But I know that God is in this. He will provide...and so I am not going to worry about that today. 

(No, I didn't see him this morning...but I always have to be ready
just in case.)
So this morning, as soon as I was able to reasonably slip out of the door and get outside, I took at little "walkabout" our house and neighborhood, with my trusty whistle for protection from any strolling bears
or other "wildlife", and my camera ready to capture the beauty of this first morning of the rest of my life.  It was a rather chilly morning for us here in Florida, but the air was brisk and refreshing, the sun was shining...and I was FREE to wander!

Even though there wasn't much activity this morning, I found enough beauty to fill my senses with the joy of God's wonderful creation and the gift of this new freedom...it's all good. I was a little too late for the sunrise (and it was too chilly at that hour even for me), so this is the earliest picture I could get of one of my favorite spots in the neighborhood... and definitely "all the trees of the field" were clapping their hands for me today.

And all the holly berries are bursting forth in color, ready for the holiday season to begin...and also ready to feed the myriads of birds and wildlife as they store up food for winter...

 "For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, 
but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, 
That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
So shall MY word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, 
and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."  
Isaiah 55:10-11

And this beautiful pink camellia is blooming...this was a plant that I thought had died last year, but I kept nursing it back to health over the summer, and now it is rewarding me with the earliest blossoms before all the other bushes that appear much healthier!  This must be its way of thanking me (and GOD) for rescuing it from an untimely death...
 "Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the Lord for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."  Isaiah 55:13

And there is this lovely Christmas Cactus plant blooming already...another one that I thought was about dead...and it, too, is the first to bloom of all the others!

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord.

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, 

so are My ways higher than your ways, 
and My thoughts 
than your thoughts."  
Isaiah 55:8-9

Yes, today is the beginning of a new adventure...an "Open Window" of opportunity...for what? I don't yet know exactly what God has in mind for my future...but I know He holds my future...and therefore I do not fear.

"Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, 
and eat what is good,
and let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me,
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you..."
Isaiah 55: 1-3
(This photo was not taken today, but it still speaks volumes)

Yes, today is the beginning of a new day...an Open Window into the rest of my life!
Praise God, and Here I Go!


  1. Replies
    1. Oh thank you Susie! I am thrilled and excited. I know God has some special plans in store for me. It will be like a treasure hunt to discover exactly what it is. It may not be exactly what I think it should be...but it will be exactly what HE knows is best for me. So I can't lose.
      Thank you for being the first to stop in on my first day of retirement!

  2. Thanks Pamela, for letting us go with you on your 'walk about'. The trees are so pretty and I love the moss hanging from them. I'm sure you are enjoying these days of retirement, you deserve them.
    Have a wonderful time experiencing all God has for you to see and enjoy!

    1. I am truly looking forward to this new experience. This week was pretty busy due to Thanksgiving and having my MIL all week...but next week hopefully will be a chance to truly "retire" and recuperate! Thank you for coming along on my little walkabout. Would be such fun to finally meet and walk together for real! Thinking of you as you prepare for a big move in your life. Please stay in touch.


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