Straining to see into the depths of the tall trees, the trunks somberly stood alone. I wondered if evil lied under the fallen leaves and decomposed twigs. Even the heavens were shaded in the dark by the bark as branches lurched toward me. Fearing the worst, I turned my back toward the dark and prayed as another sun poised on the horizon. My God, my God! Where is the respect in mankind?
I found my place as though I was in an arena. The first act was about to begin. The curtains drew up on the stage and lights glowed. It was inconceivable to me, a horizontal stage could ever look so beautiful. I impatiently waited. I wondered how many more suns God would permit me to enjoy before it’s my turn. The world was flat as far as the eye could see, but I remained optimistic that He would protect His chosen forever. I sat alone and watched, wondering, and waiting…
Not a sound did I make for I could wake the earth. I waited on the heavens to prevail as though the world remained still. Was this Jesus’s second coming? Maybe it was time, so I prayed. Sitting in His awesomeness, I clutched my soul. I knew my Father from above was present. The rays from heaven shone in my direction. Accepting the inevitable—it was too late to prepare. I called your name to share in the phenomena but you couldn’t hear me. So, I rose to the occasion and stood still yet not a sound, nor a ripple came from the water’s below.
In all the holiness of dawn, I asked God if it was time, yet the silence persisted. A gentle hint of something in the air invaded the chemistry. Then a wedge of swans took off from around the point and mallards scattered from the noise. A cool sweat erupted from within. I guess I was wrong – it wasn’t today!
From this day forward, I remain vigilant, facing east, for I know God’s Son is not far from making a grand entrance. His perfect stage is right here beneath my feet and I never knew it until now.
Upon reading this beautiful piece, I did some religious research on the direction of facing east and swans. The author, Dana, and I was surprised to find out the following information after he wrote it. Seemingly obscure details can teach us something.
The Significance of Facing East and Swans
Tombstones are often placed facing east to see the past and present. You will see God coming at the rapture. If you want to move onward to heaven, you must travel westward now, towards a future with God. The east is the source of blessings and divine salvation only on earth.
Christian churches were built with their entrances facing west so that worshipers faced east during the services as they looked toward the altar.
The Garden of Eden from Genesis was entered into from the east, facing west. People exited west, facing the east.
In Matthew 24:27, Jesus details what happens in His Second Coming.
Clergy members are buried facing west. An educated guess signifies that when the dead are risen, clergy will rise facing their congregations, ready to lead their people once again.
The symbolism of swans signifies spiritual devotion and the presence of angels. They give you wisdom and guidance you need at the moment.
The swan acts as a messenger of faith.
The swan symbolizes the end of one’s life.