Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Future, Part 2

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!

Once again, when I stepped outside this morning, the full moon was beaming brightly , but seemed a little farther away than yesterday. Tomorrow, I think a piece will be missing out of the side as it starts to wane.

Because I thought fall had come a little, I walked yesterday, in the couple degrees cooler air. I wish I could see the #1 mama gator just before the first covered shelter, because the underbrush is quite trampled and the path she travels is really muddy, as she goes back and forth. I didn't see the babies, which I thought might be at the shelter, but not there, either.

So I went on to the big oak and nothing there, but I did  enjoy seeing a couple of anhingas with wings spread wide, airing and drying off, for another dive into the water. As i walked on to big Mama's nest, I didn't see her, but after looking intently, spied the babies at the back of the nest and to the right, all huddled together. I counted about eight or nine.

Terry called last night and invited us to another retirement party that he is giving as he leaves the Park. He and his wife have been packing up so they can be out by the 26th. I asked him what will happen to the aquarium and the snakes and he said they will have to be turned loose and the aquarium emptied, unless the volunteers will be able  to take care of them and feed and clean.

Things seem to be up in the air, as far as maintenance goes, lots of changes, but God is in control!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

How can hope for the future help me live today?

Romans 8:18:25 What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to God's curse. All creation anticipates the day when it will join God's children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.l And even we Christians although  we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children, including the new bodies he has promised us. Now that we are saved, we eagerly look forward to this freedom. For if you already have something, you don't need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don't have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently.

We have strength and courage to face the trials and suffering of this life because we can look beyond them to the glory that God has in store for us.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and Hugs,