Friday, January 16, 2015

Quiet Wonders




Remember the quiet wonders.
The world has more need of them
than it has for warriors.

~ Charles de Lint


In a world fraught with evil 
and anger, sadness and disbelief
at what some human beings 
willingly perpetrate upon others,

I like to cloak myself in the
quiet wonders.

Like the sight of this hawk, drifting
slowly, slowly, above the earth 
in the morning mist, as I walked
the country road near my parent's
home last month.

My heart soared on its own wings
when I saw it, and in that instant
the world became a serene place, 
free from the ravages of war and
terror, for that magical moment.

One of many such images that
I will continue to pull tightly
around myself as a shield against
the darkest side of humanity,
praying as I do, that quiet wonders

will triumph. 



xo
Suzanne

{My own photo}

30 comments:

Lucy martin said...

Indeed...I agree ....God is still in control...quiet wonders help me remember this. Thanks Suzanne.

Dianna said...

We took in one of those quiet wonders yesterday on our way to the hospital...a hawk sitting in a tree. I love to watch them soar and glide. Beautiful creatures.

And I took that bit of peacefulness with me to my destination with me. :)

The enchanted home said...

Suzanne, this is beautiful. I feel my nerves easing and my tension level lowering from reading this post! Gorgeous picture as well....nature always soothes me. Quiet wonders, there really is no match.

I Dream Of said...

Suzanne, What a lovely blog you have. This is beautiful and I will remind myself of quiet wonders and look for them as I go about a hectic Friday.

So glad that you found me through PVE and so that I could fin you.

Have a happy weekend! XOXO

June said...

This is such a beautiful thought Suzanne. I love to do the same in my life, I think it shields me from the anxiety that would come into my life if I don't center myself around that which lifts my heart. We have to be brave in today's world, don't you think? I hope I have raised my children to be brave so that they too can have peace in their own lives.
Beautiful post as always dear friend!
sending love...

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So lovely, Suzanne. It is in those moments of quiet wonder,
that I feel closest to God...my spirit is free to listen...
xo sweet friend

Joanna said...

So so true, my friend.

When I find myself struggling to cope with the horrors that people inflict upon each other in the name of religion, I take my little dog to the local fields for a long long walk and breathe deep, take in the beauty and stillness of the countryside around me and remember that there is still so much beauty in this world.

Perfect post from you. I felt comforted to know that there is someone else (there are, of course, many of us) who feels the same way.

xx

Jeanie said...

Indeed. Quiet wonders. It's a beautiful way to look at the serenity and majesty of our world. Thank you.

Dawn Y. said...

Just lovely, Suzanne! The Quiet Wonders always bring us peace, hope, and joy. I always feel peaceful in the garden, in the mountains, and near water. Thank you for reminding us that it is so important to focus on the Quiet Wonders in each day. ♡

Leslie said...

Yes, it is the quiet wonders that allow us to feel at peace. Beautiful post Suzanne and a reminder to be see the light and goodness in our world and to feel hope in what is to come.

Enjoy your weekend! xxleslie

Sylvia said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful image and your thoughtful reflection on the challenges of our time, Suzanne! Wishing you a peaceful 2015, a year that is filled with love, hope, and lots of quiet wonders.

Susan Shull said...

Beautiful. And your hawk image really speaks to me. We love hawks and God has been using them to comfort and encourage me. Interesting that I click over for a visit and find this post this morning. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Amen! Finding the peace, to keep myself sane in an at times crazy world. Patty/NS

Terra said...

I have read and enjoyed several Charles de Lint books (about the magical city/block) and liked to see his quote here. Serene moments can bring us peace for a moment.

designchic said...

There is nothing quite like quiet wonders and dreams of peace….beautiful…

Burlap Luxe said...

Such well written words, I always keep in mind when I feel myself with deep concern with what's going on with the world that God is so much bigger then mans junk !!.....
Knowing that he is in control.

"Quiet wonders" such a beautiful thought.

Thank you dear for visiting me it's been such a long time in between visits I must visit more often, your photos are breathtaking.

Xx
Blessings

Dore

Hindsfeet said...

love this quote....

Estate Lore said...

Another beautiful post, very insightful.

Julie said...

I embrace your message and comprehend fully what you are describing. Lovely Suzanne. Thank you for so beautifully putting it down in words! Hugz to you dear girlfriend. Stay warm. Xo ♡

A Joyful Cottage said...

An elegant capture and beautiful words to go with it. I'm reminded of Psalm 91:4: "He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." The peace of the Lord be with you. ~ Nancy

Rambling Tart said...

"Quiet wonders" - I will carry those words with me this week. Thank you. :-) xo

michele said...

Yes. There is so much darkness and more than ever we must hold on to wholesome quiet wonders to create light and space for peace. i turn to thinkers like Thomas Merton, the poetic Parker Palmer, and folks interested in the soul like John ortberg and I find encouragement and perspective to see the world beautiful. I am falling in love with the idea of memorizing short blessings and looking closer at ways I may be inadvertently cursing others rather than lifting them up. Your site fits seamlessly with such pursuits, and I am grateful. Keep soaring, Suzanne.

Leslie Harris said...

These are scary times in the world. And yet I don't like that truth hovering over me in my daily life. I guess I prefer a healthy dose of denial.. which means that I've had to regulate how much news I watch and read. Sadly, I've decided that the news today offers a distorted view of the world, focused on the most sensationalized stories as a way to get ratings and that means a constant barrage of violence and suffering coming at us. For me, it's too much. And I could relate to the idea of a shield. Actively seeking refuge in those quiet, serene moments that you describe here. I find my walks outdoors in nature as a chance to slow down, find peace.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

such a lovely blog Suzanne

Prince Snow Farm said...

We think alike Suzanne. I do not believe some people ever look up above the horizon to see a fluffy cloud, a star lit sky or a bird take flight. If only they knew the secret you and I hold…perhaps now!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I am very aware of the beauty all around me almost ever day. I am so grateful for the wonders all around us. Your picture of the hawk is wonderful. Thanks so much for your visit to my blog too!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Suzanne,
Another beautiful post. I am so saddened by the news each day.
Heart-breaking. Just when I think it can't get worse, it does.
We need to pray a LOT for peace and for decency in humans. Only God can help us through this.

God bless us every one.
xox
A

Just a little something from Judy said...

I am praying for the same thing. "Quiet wonders". I like that! Your posts bring a peaceful feeling whenever I visit here. Always beautiful photography!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I love the idea of cloaking yourself in quiet wonders. What beautiful moments you find and share here! I love your photography - you are so gifted with both the pen and the lens.

Patty Christopher said...

beautiful!
xo