Spontaneous Praise


Do you ever wish you could just let loose with your feelings? I do! Almost daily I have to constrain myself. If I don’t I’m pretty sure that someone may call the “authorities” and have me hauled off to some sort of a padded room. You’re probably wondering what in the world I’m talking about.

Many of you know that I have been on a regular walking schedule for over a year. This summer I walked 5 miles per day, Monday through Friday. Normally I leave the house by 6:15 in the morning. Since we are inching into fall it is no longer light at that hour so I can’t leave until 6:30 or 6:45. School is also in session. So between leaving later because of the darkness, and the extra traffic due to school and people going to work, I have cut my miles back to a little over three and only three days a week. I always pray when I walk, now though, I have added a new prayer, that I won’t get hit. Some folks are very aggressive in their driving. If two cars are coming from two different directions at the same time, well….it gets a little risky for me as there aren’t many places to get off the road.

Anyway, I digress; back to letting loose with my feelings. When I walk I carry a piece of white PVC pipe that my husband cut for me, on the chance I run into a dog who may want to take a chunk out of my leg. I also walk at a fairy brisk pace. About 1 ½ miles into my walk the sun is starting to rise. My walk takes me in an eastward direction. This is where I want to let loose.

The early rising sun is a huge ball of the most brilliant orange you can imagine. The sky is several shades of dark blue, bluish black, purplish, white streaks and orange tint. Really, my words do not fully touch on what I see, it’s indescribable. On the days I am able to leave my house at 6:15 it’s still fairly serene and peaceful at that point of my walk. My endorphins have kicked in and I’m feeling super good, and BAM! I’m greeted with this beauty, this awesome beauty that makes me want to jump and shout and wave my PVC stick in the air. Beauty that makes me want to sing praise at the top of my voice, and I tell you it makes me want to weep with joy. This is one of the rare occasions I almost feel like I could fly.

Now, imagine me, out on a very public road, giving in to each one of those emotions in unison and I’m sure you can visualize the padded room.

The beauty I enjoy on my walks stays with me throughout the day. It also makes me think of Ps 19:1-2 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. And…. Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse.

Spontaneous praise is almost as hard to stop as a runaway train. So while people may not see my outward feelings as I experience the sun rise of a new day, you can be sure God sees me jumping, shouting, singing, weeping, and waving my PVC stick in the air as I rejoice in the beauty of what he has created.
Have you let loose lately?

2 comments for “Spontaneous Praise

  1. September 13, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Beautiful picture! I’ve been getting outside earlier as well, and have been enjoying the beauty of the sunrises. Great post.


    Thank you Warren! It’s always nice to have you stop by.

  2. Stan Tharp
    September 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    A similar feeling enveloped me last week; and I yielded, let loose, jumped, danced, shouted, sang (often, off-key) and surrendered myself to a moment of complete jubilation. I wish this padded cell were a little larger, and truth be known; it isn’t all that easy to type this note within the confines of a way-to-tight straight jacket. But whatever my current circumstances are, I wanted to remind and encourage you to celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to every person who sees you that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive and that He could show up at any moment in time! Remember the good advice of Paul and Timothy: “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice!” Be encouraged by your morning joyousness and find ways and reasons to just smile with the joy of The Lord as your strength …don’t give a second thought about what others may think of your bizarre and peculiar behavior. Lastly; especially at this inconvenient moment in time, I wish I had your PVC stick to relieve the insane itch on my left shoulder blade.

    Stan, I wasn’t aware you were confined to a padded cell or straight jacket. You always make me laugh and you always encourage. Guess that is one of the many reasons I love you so much. I mean how blessed can a girl be, you are my real flesh and blood brother and my brother in the Lord we both love so very much. Can’t wait to see you soon.

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