I was telling him that I saw a young gator just off the bridge yesterday, and he said that Mama was back in her original hole and that people were already bothering her by breaking off branches and trying to poke her. Dave said they will probably have to gate it off if that keeps up. Trouble is..there is no one around all the time, now, to keep watch. The rangers, like Dave, have several parks to patrol during the day, and can't always be where they are needed. As long as the economy is what it is, the situation won't be remedied any time soon.
But, today the breeze is blowing and it is a beautiful day. A mockingbird was perched on the edge of the roof while we were talking and looked like she was asking us where her babies were. Of course, they were the ones that fell or were pushed out of the nest over the past two weeks.
The birds have really been enjoying the bowl of water I have on the porch. They get in it and splash it all over taking baths. They are really looking for water since we have not had rain for a long while. But God is good!
From the little book of devotions; Knowing God:
A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9 HCSB
Sometimes, we must accept life on its terms, not our own. When events transpire that are beyond our control, we have a choice: we can either learn the art of acceptance, or we can make ourselves miserable as we struggle to change the unchangeable.
We must entrust the things we cannot change to God. Once we have done so, we can prayerfully and faithfully tackle the important work that He has placed before us: doing something about the things we can change... and doing it sooner rather later.
So if you've encountered unfortunate circumstances that are beyond your power to control, accept those circumstances... and trust God. When you do, you can be comforted in the knowledge that your Creator is both loving and wise, and that He understands His plans perfectly, even when you do not.
Acceptance is taking from God's hand absolutely anything He gives, looking into His face in trust and thanksgiving, knowing that the confinement of the situation we're in is good and for His glory.
Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.
Dear Lord, let me live in the present, not the past. Let me focus on my blessings, not my sorrows. Give me the wisdom to be thankful for the gifts that I do have, and not bitter about the things that I don't have. Let me accept what was, let me give thanks for what is, and let me have faith in what most surely will be: the promise of eternal life with You.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs, Amaryllis