Earlier this evening, I went to my sanctuary, The Indiana Dunes State Park, to do some hiking, reading, studying, praying and introspection in honor of the Holy day, Rosh Hashanah. As I sat atop, Mt. Tom, overlooking Lake Michigan, the sun had set behind the clouds- well to be honest, the clouds blocked the whole sunset, so it was nothing spectacular. And as the distant luminaries, from the surrounding steel mills and Chicagoland area, lit up the cool and breezy evening, I saw that there was a cloud front sweeping in. So I headed down to the beach, through the now darkened path leading down towards it.
As I was walking along the beach, it was just amazing to see the front move closer and closer to the shoreline with a random flash of lightning, every now and then, in the distance. As I continued on, the front made landfall and the wind picked up tremendously, and I loved every minute of it. You could hear the mighty wind roaring through the trees, atop the ridge of the sand dunes. The wind reminded me of the Ruach-the wind or Spirit of Elohim. I continued to contemplate as I observed this, that the trees were bowing down & the rustling leaves sounded like a soothing praise to God as the wind moved through them, almost as if to say, “Thank you for the coming rains.” Even the creation worships the Creator.
As I observed this, I then noticed that the crickets were still out and about, because it hadn’t yet started to rain. As I heard this creature singing it’s song, I couldn’t help but contemplate it’s simplicity. I’ve always had a hunch about crickets, that the song they sing has something to do with our circadian rhythm, and helps to lull us to sleep. A good example of this, would be people who go to sleep with the TV on, except I think that crickets are God’s way to lull us to sleep, and thankfully not the TV. As I sat there soaking all of this in, I started to wonder about crickets in biblical times. Just think, that when Y’shua would be sitting around, midrashing with his disciples around a fire, under the stars; or even when he was in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights, praying and fasting, I’m sure that crickets were the backdrop- serenading all of those present in those situations. All of this is just simply amazing to think about and ponder.
Needless to say, this evening was very refreshing and much needed.
Baruch atah Adonai Eloheynu Melech Ha’Olam!
Blessed are You, Oh Lord our God, King of the Universe!