bam, bam ... bam, bam, bam, bam, bam ... bam ... bam, bam, bam
The noise slowly fills my consciousness -- it's already filled my room. What is that?
I rub my eyes and look at the clock - 5:51 AM. Sounds like ... hammering. Who is hammering something outside at 6 o'clock in the morning? On Saturday?
Rick is usually a lighter sleeper than me, but he's still sleeping. I go look through the closed windows for the source of the sound. I stand on my tiptoes trying to see the neighbor's backyard through the branches of the trees that sit between us. And I wonder, should I see someone hammering, will I walk out there and say something about poor timing? I'm not very confrontational that way.
bam, bam, bam bam, bam ... bam ... bam, bam
I wake Rick with my movement at the window that lets in some light. "What's that noise, Rick? It sounds like someone is hammering -- at 6 o'clock in the morning! I hope it doesn't wake the kids." Rick listens then announces confidently, "It's a woodpecker." Anticipating my response he adds, "You can't stop him." With that Rick goes back to sleep.
I'm already out of bed. So I decide to watch the sun fill the sky.
As it did, the woodpecker left for a far away tree. And I opened my Streams in the Desert devotional. The first part of today's entry:
The Lord's Times
"Thou makest the outgoing of the morning and evening to rejoice" (Psalm 65:8).
Get up early and go to the mountain and watch God make a morning. The dull gray will give way as God pushes the sun towards the horizon, and there will be tints and hues of every shade, that will blend into one perfect light as the full-orbed sun bursts into view. As the King of day moves forth majestically, flooding the earth and every lowly vale, listen to the music of heaven's choir as it sings of the majesty of God and the glory of the morning."
In the holy hush of the early dawn
I hear a Voice
"I am with you all the day,
I'm suddenly thankful for the woodpecker that called me out of bed to watch God make a morning.
And feeing certain it's going to be a good day.
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