These are the nights I treasure.
Outside there is rain, and thunder and lightning.
A Florida storm, delightful and passing.
Inside there is Josh Garrels station playing on Pandora (I highly recommend it).
It definitely sets the mood.
I make sure to match the night, I get comfy in flannel pants, knee high socks and a comfy hoodie.
I am home alone, its just me, putzing around the house.
I wish I could tell it in such a way, give you the exact image that goes with the feeling. But I do not possess such skills as those. I know it's one of those nights you think about. The kind of night you dream about as you sit at work, or it could even be someone's happy place.
It could definitely be one of mine.
Indeed I used to dream about such nights.
Tonight, it happened :)
I walk around the house praying aloud. Painting dreams with the Lord, laughing through stories, crying through requests.
There were times of quiet listening, sitting on the kitchen floor. Right there sitting on the tile, listening to the rain, and the music.
Letting it flow over me. Having no thought.
There were moments of staring out the window, thinking, or simply watching the weather.
Staring out the window, thinking of people and their stories as cars pass.
Thinking of nature and its Creator.
No significant thoughts that will solve things, or make things happen. Just musings.
It was something out of a story for me.
I needed this.
Oh, my darling, it is good for the soul. So good for the soul.
I think all this, it creates a mood within you.
A mood that lets you be.
Lets you be quietly joyful, or lightly thoughtful.
A mood that lets a gentle sorrow come if needed.
It was a simple 'hush' in a harried world.
It causes one to be content, whatever else is going on.
I urge you, do it one night, if you can.
Put some gentle music on, something created to soothe and gently quiet you.
If you are able to, wait for a rainy night, or perhaps a wintry one.
Light some candles, dim the lights.
I love saying that, and doing it. Do not be doing anything, or thinking through things.
Be still and know that He is God.
It is not an active command. Not in the way of having to think, and put into action that requires much movement from you.