26th May 2014

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

“May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.”
Psalm 104:34 (NIV)

Few will fail to recognise this much loved poem.  William Wordsworth’s poem I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, is taught in school at an early age and every year as the daffodils herald Spring we remember the nostalgic words. This year however I have taken particular note of the first line in the poem, instead of my usual haste to get to the daffodils in line four. 

Why, I wonder, did the poet choose to wander ‘lonely as a cloud’?  Did he wish seclusion for meditational purposes?  Or did he feel low in spirit?  Was he mulling over new works of literary genius perhaps?  In the last verse he admits to being reflective and pensive at times suggesting that pleasant memory offers ‘blissful solitude.’

Inadvertently, William Wordsworth stumbled upon a truth contained in God’s word – written millennia before.  “You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV)  The beauty of God’s creation from the new born baby to the glorious array of colours each season, and much more, is the perfect setting for reflection and meditation on God’s greatness and wonder.

Jesus sought solitude, and yet it was not solitude—He sought time with His Father in heaven, high in the mountains, out on the lake and in the garden.  These were crucial moments, vital for Him and imperative for mankind.

Let us follow Jesus’ example frequently, and make time for our great God, think about Him, praise Him and thank Him for being there – always.

Prayer
Loving Father, thank you for always being with us through life’s hectic turmoil and in the quiet times.  Help us to organise our lives with you as the centre now and forever.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

*I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud by William Wordsworth,  https://wordsworth.org.uk/daffodils.html 

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irenewilsonAbout the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone:  01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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