"Staggering though it is, what I experience as my longing for God is GOD'S longing for me."
Brother David Steindl-Rast
Yesterday as I was photographing wildflowers and rock formations at Vedauwoo, Wyoming with a backdrop of rumbling thunder, I heard my first Hermit Thrush song of the season. For me, this call never fails to embody a union of the contrasting qualities of peace and longing and reveals the fact that my longing for God is actually a participation in God's longing for me. It is for this reason that I can REST in my longing rather than trying to find some object to satisfy it.
If you click on this link: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/hermit-thrush , scroll down a bit, and click on Song #2 on the right hand side, you'll hear what I experienced yesterday, with two different individuals alternating songs.
Photos: Indian Paintbrush and Bluebells at Vedauwoo, WY. The Hermit Thrush photo is not mine.
Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.