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! I thought it would be foggy this morning, but it looks like we had quite a rain during the night, and instead of fog, we have bright sunshine, and nice temps.
Yesterday afternoon turned out so beautifully, that I took a walk around noon. I walked on the sidewalk at the park, headed for the second bridge, and stopped along the way to look at the many turtles on a dead tree in the water. And from the drainage pipe that leads from Arrow Lake to the canal, water was gushing out with great force, and a beautiful white egret was standing right beside it watchfully. I think it must have been waiting for fish to come out. Meanwhile, four or five ibis were pecking alongside and seemed to be finding lots to eat in the mud. I went on to the third bridge, pausing to look for armadillos, because I could see where they had been digging in the moist soil. As I walked on to the third bridge, I passed a photographer concentrating on something down below, but I could not see anything there, except a mud-covered bottle.
I came across a little drama as I walked back on the sidewalk. I heard but could not see, the little gallinules making a big fuss about something, right at the edge of Arrow Lake. The grass was very high, and I could see a fuzzy, yellow large head bobbing up and down. All at once, a hawk flew up and away with something in its claws. I hope it wasn't a baby duck, but I couldn't tell what it was. The gallinules quieted down then, so that's why they were sounding the alarm. Meanwhile, another photographer was on his knees directly across from the drama, and never moved a muscle. He had his camera mounted on a tripod, and was really engrossed in what he was doing.
And I also saw the fat, black gator lying on the bank of the lake as I drove in. There is always something going on in the life of the Park, even though it may not be visible, unless you are up close and personal. God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare of the Lord;
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I am trusting him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from the fatal plague.
He will shield you with his wings.
He will shelter you with his feathers.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor fear the dangers of the day,
nor dread the plague that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
But you will see it with your eyes,
you will see how the wicked are punished...
The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer,
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue them and honor them.
I will satisfy them with a long life,
and give them my salvation."
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with joy, thanksgiving, and love!
Love and hugs,