542. Most glorious night! Thou wert not meant for slumber! ~Lord Byron

I often think that the night
is more alive and more
richly
 colored than the day.
~Vincent Van Gogh

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On a dark, windy November night huge raindrops were slapping autumn leaves against the car or sending them whirling, willy-nilly all around us. As we drove on towards home, more and more of the colorful foliage litttered the slick black pavement ahead of us. As I listened to the sound of the leaves and rain smacking against the windshield in addition to the clicking back and forth noise of the wipers I was being lulled into a deep reverie of personal reflection. But as we turned onto a more traveled thoroughfare, the bright street lights illuminating our neighborhood duck pond broke my preoccupation with the day’s troubling matters. At that moment I looked up, away from my thoughts, and saw a few mallards and some geese gliding serenely along on the reservoir’s glazed, rain-spattered surface. In the halo-like light and the falling rain, the buoyant creatures looked surreal. They were like visions of floating grace and peace seemingly sent to testify that God is with us even in the midst of bothersome realities on cold, rainy nights.

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. ~Psalm 16:7   ✝

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18 thoughts on “542. Most glorious night! Thou wert not meant for slumber! ~Lord Byron

  1. It is amazing what wonders we see all around us, both in and out of cities, during quiet moments as well as raucous,–if we can learn to truly see–God’s longing and desire to always remind us of His ever constant presence —it’s all a matter of “seeing”
    Thank you for this lovely reflection Natalie—
    Hugs and love—cookie

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  2. I agree with Van Gogh… and he painted so beautiful painting about night… the Starry Night for example is just incredibly beautiful…

    Divine, in other words…
    Thank you Natalie & take care ♥♥♥

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  3. Natalie, you wrote so vividly that I was in the car watching and listening to the leaves too. His Presence often seems the closest during a dark night of the soul. I’m so glad we have such a loving Comforter.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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      • Wow, that’s quite a compliment coming from an experienced writer who’s foraging ahead with her second novel. Thank you, Wendy. You have a deep point of view already and so going further should not be a strain for you. At least with me, I find that there are times when I touch deep down into my being and soul as it were and then there are other times when what I put forth is just skimming the surface. My daughter was a champion athlete and sometimes she would get discouraged when her performance wasn’t as good as she wanted it to be. I told her over and over again that growth and improvement never moves on a straight line forward or upward. We all go through setbacks and times when our performance is not as stellar as it is at other times. That’s just the way of the world. But as long as you get pushing on to a higher plateau you’ll eventually get there. Again thanks for you kind words. Hugs, N ❤

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