Midsummer Night's Prayer

June 26, 2013 | Mindy Spyker

Today is a glorious day in the year of the LORD’s favor. The sun is bright and warm after a chilling morning rain, and this afternoon is glowing with the invitation of summer. The breeze blows the grasses of our cabin lawn and enchants me in afternoon treasures of quiet. The dandelions release their seeds as the wind pulls them up and blows them out.  They are awakened in the freedom of their flight. 

I am still and nature is alive; I am at peace.

As my mouth remains motionless and my thoughts are stilled, I begin to ask the LORD for an awakening of my spirit. I desire to commune with my most intimate friend, my God. Twice in two days I have been moved by His spirit to offer up a prayer for one who has needed to hear songs of assurance. Twice I have been affirmed in the obedience of my tongue to utter the words the spirit has cried out in me. I am excited to hear and act in faith, for so long I have desired to hear the LORD. Today I have, and obedience feels more like freedom than independence ever has before.

Sweet, sweet serenity.  I am naught to feel the burden of sin or loss here.  Instead, I am overcome with the splendour of God’s majesty in the beauty of this place. I can hardly look to this paper long enough to write these words. My eyes are fixed on the heaven before me.  I cannot hear the cry of pain or feel the shame of guilt.  I am at the river now: the strength of gentle rapids fills my ears; the coming coolness of the creeping night is the only touch I feel. Peace washes over me once more.

Can I bottle up this river and let it loose in my desert days? Can I suck in this air and let it out again when my breath feels shallow? I know my God is not bound up in this Beauty.  He created it. My glimpse of heaven gives sight to His character, but its absence does not dissolve it. Oh, that I would remember this alluring night! Let not this moment live forever but my memory of it endure! May the sound of water- a river, a fountain, a faucet- remind me always of God’s everlasting love. 

Jesus, you said yourself the water you pour, you pour out everlasting. It’s living because you live. Fill me now, and fill me always, wherever I may go.

"It was a great challenge and stretching experience to learn how to lead and equip others for ministry, not being over-controlling or non-present. In the seminary context, I hope to talk through some of these learning and challenging experiences with my professors."
– Jonathan, Calvin Theological Seminary 2011

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