The River and The Moon 

I am so excited. Last night speaking to a friend discussing the beauty of the moon that gleefully glowed in full force upon the NJ/NY sky, I learn there are other people out there appreciating the big circle in the wide-open sky the same way I do. I do not know many people who appreciate the beauty of the moon as much as I do, so it was a refreshing conversation hearing somebody as intrigued as I am by its stunning beauty when painted perfectly over our heads. 

Several times the moon rose over the ocean with breathtaking harvest moons, blood moons and the moon parallel to the water where I was lucky enough to snap a photo. She goes on to tell me there are certain times of the year when you could see the moon rising over the mountains up this way and it is breathtakingly gorgeous. 

On my way home from work tonight with a deep question in mind, I send out a text or two to a couple friends hoping they would have a potential answer. They too want to know the answer and when I find the answer to let them know, lol.

Stopping at the gravel parking lot near the river where I often go for peaceful, quiet reflection and time alone, I had a specific question that I struggled to find the answer to. For my own peace of mind and restoration of my soul and spirit, I ask God the same question I asked my friends. As soon as I got to the bottom of the hill along my favorite riverbank and grabbed a seat on a giant rock, answers started flowing to me quicker than an unleashed dog can chase a squirrel. 

Typing the words as quickly as my thumbs would allow, 

I instantly capture three or four paragraphs of productive life enhancing notes. While writing them I feel the Holy Spirit moving within my heart. 

The crystal-clear answer I received is not what I wanted or expected to hear, but nonetheless it was the answer that I needed. 

As soon as I took the instruction, (yes the Holy Spirit is also a counselor)immediately I felt freedom and loads of bricks being lifted off my chest. 

I felt renewed as if I was 17 years old again and able to do cartwheels across the rocks spread out in the ice cold spring that is flowing rapidly near my feet.  

As the sky darkens I send out a text exclaiming I found the answer. I feel like I was stranded on a deserted island and I just spotted a boat. With an heir of joy and tremendous relief I turn around to walk up the hill to head home. Feeling light as a bee, I look up and boldly ascending from behind the trees is a giant white pizza-pie circle in the early evening sky. The glow of gladness in the form of a bright full moon peeks out over the treetops rising behind the mountains.

The moment reminds me of a poem I wrote last year called See the Moon, an excerpt from that writing is: 

“Listen actively, listen for His will, 

Seize this moment monumentally allowing the time to stand still.”

Time stood still for me tonight as I looked at the moon, celebrating the victory I just received. The moment has been seized and I will always remember the night I received my get out of jail card for free in Riverdale NJ. I am free. 

Thank you Jesus, thank you Lord! Thank you for hearing my prayer and the prayers of people that keep me in their prayers. I am free and thank you for the beauty of the river and the moon and your everlasting grace.  

About Timothy S.

I am of lover of all. I love people. I believe everyone should be heard and I hope during that process that peace, love, encouragement, learning and growth are spread throughout society. I would much enjoy if you interact with my Journey so I can learn from you. Sign up for email updates when I post a new article.
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9 Responses to The River and The Moon 

  1. Argelio says:

    Amen! You are free indeed in Jesus! I’d like to see you do a cartwheel, by the way. 🙂 God bless!

  2. Argelio says:

    I’m sure you could do it though. 🙂

  3. Kathy says:

    Just what I needed this morning,,,thank you Jesus!

  4. Roxsberg says:

    Wow, what an improvement in your writing! Congratulations, you have grown as a writer. Great story. There are many ways to be set free, I think of ways to set my self free of the anguish that is inside of me.

  5. Lindsey says:

    I love you dad:) Bigger than the moon and all the stars in the sky

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