Good chilly morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Maybe this is the last cold spell of the winter, hopefully. But I read and see on TV the floods and snow in other parts of the country and I am thankful I live right where I am!
When I drove into the Park yesterday, I saw a gator sunning between the lakes on the right side of the road and as we drove on to the building, noticed lots of cars. This is spring break time for northerners and they were taking advantage of the nice weather. I walked to the first shelter and saw a very dried out tan gator almost hidden in a small cove and lots of people trying to see it.
On my way in, I saw large ripples from the bridge, and stopped to maybe see an otter, but didn't see anything, then all at once, a huge splash next to the bank under the willow tree. I was so hoping I could see what it was, but it remains a mystery. Sigh.
However, I stood and watched a majestic tri-colored heron on the other bank, walking slowly along, looking for a meal. God's creation is awesome!
From the book Quiet Moments with God for Teachers:
Judy could take the freeway to work each morning and arrive instantly, nerves revved, almost before she is awake. But freeways are ugly. Instead she takes the scenic route around several local lakes and starts her day with mental pictures of sunrises, flowers, and people in various states of running and walking.
Affluence and architecture notwithstanding, she feels that nature is the attraction - a chance for a city slicker to enjoy a little tranquility. The slower pace gives her the occasion to see a small troop of deer or watch the ducks and geese depart for the winter and return for their spring nesting activities. She recognizes and studies the walkers and joggers who are out regularly at the crack of dawn.
She says, "When I take the time to glance at the roses along the way, I feel more fortified, just like our mothers wanted us to be with a hearty breakfast, mittens and hats."
Taking a few moments to thank God for the glories of creation will make any day start on a better note!
This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Happy Birthday, Gil!
Love and hugs,