I love this time of year when the heat of summer subsides a bit and the occasional cool breeze kisses your cheek. I like sitting on my porch, staring up at the clear blue skies. My eyes feast upon the green treetops, anticipating that in a few weeks they’ll explode with vibrate orange, yellow and red.
I took a walk yesterday out in the field and returned with what looks like three small cattails. Their soft bristles and long stems made a perfect teaser for my kids. I snuck up behind Jill and gave her quite a fright by running the cattail along her neck. Nothing usually startles that girl. She’s not even ticklish on the bottom of her feet! I got such a kick out of being able to scare her for once. She thought for sure a bug had crawled across her face. Then there’s Elijah giggling and flinching as I ran the bristles along his neck. He loved it and couldn’t believe such a wondrous gem was ripe for the taking, freely accessible in his own front yard.
It’s the simple things – natures wonders – that fascinate me most. I don’t spend much time dreaming about fancy houses or luxury cars. Give me a gorgeous day and time to explore it. It’s the blessings freely surrounding us that remind me that God loves me and is in control. I am convinced not only does He delight to bless us, but He also has quite the sense of humor. Our cat who asks permission before he eats — or our silly dog who insists upon marking his territory a half-dozen times on every walk we take — are evidence that God has a bent for the comical.
Look around you. Have you seen the wondrous, the comical, and the miraculous in the ordinary? It’s been said that “All things denote there is a God.” Have you seen God’s face today?
“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10
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