I was sitting on the porch of the Cottage by the Bay near Mobile, Alabama, enjoying the dawn’s early light. The quiet before the rhythm of the day begins is my favorite time of day. Those peaceful moments help me prepare my heart for unseen events that lie ahead.
Out of the mist, three pelicans flew by. They were gliding silently on the morning air currents. They were flying in tight formation, wingtip to wingtip. If one tilted to the left, in unison the other two followed. Being a deeply religious soul, with about 60 years in the ministry, I see spiritual significance in most everything that surrounds me. This was no exception. These three beautiful winged creations of God brought to my mind the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. My heart began to sing, “Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!” (John Dykes – Public Domain).
The Trinity is one of those spiritual concepts that I don’t fully understand. In simple faith however, I relax with the scripture that says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9, NKJV).
May I share some of those simple thoughts that I have about the Trinity?
- At times I need my Heavenly Father. When the storms of life assail, like a child, I cry out for the strong and mighty arm of my Father.
- At times I need the Son, my Savior and Friend. He gives the assurance that only a trusted friend can provide. He is “a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24, NKJV). The precious old hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” never ceases to bless and bring assurance to my heart.
- At times I need the comfort of the Holy Spirit. How I love the words of the hymn, The Comforter Has Come: “O spread the tidings ’round, wherever man is found, wherever human hearts and human woes abound; Let every Christian tongue Proclaim the joyful sound: The Comforter has come! The Holy Ghost from Heav’n, The Father’s promise given.”
The 3 Persons of the Trinity flew across the horizon of my soul this morning.
~ Brother Roy