|Visitor to our meadow early this morning. Buck in "velvet."|
|Ruby throated female hummingbird |
at our feeder this morning.
Yesterday, early in the morning when having our daily coffee on the porch, Anne and I watched Toby, our cat, sit expectantly on the bottom step, waiting for her friend the chipmunk to come by. Toby was not disappointed, what happened next though surprised the cat, and us as well. The chipmunk came running straight at Toby so fast that our cat was startled. Just before reaching her, the chipmunk veered off, just missing the cat’s paws. Next, it turned abruptly, running over Toby’s tail as it jumped up the steps. With what seemed like blurring speed, it began climbing up the lattice and upon reaching the top, it turned and then perched itself on the honeysuckle looking straight down at us, about 6 feet off the porch. Awestruck over what had just transpired, I began looking over at Anne and then to Toby. I then looked up at our crazy rodent friend; he had what appeared to be a very smurkish self-satisfying grin on his face. I could not believe what I saw; Anne was also in disbelief as well. Next, when looking down at our cat, I could see that she was taken by surprise as much as we were. Some people say that animals do not possess feelings, I have to disagree. Watching this little chipmunk do what it has done over the last few weeks to Toby, I would say that it has a great sense of humor, and perhaps a little bit of a death wish as well.
It is so wonderful to live in this world that we have in our midst. Unfortunately, we sometimes are to busy to enjoy what surrounds us. Two days ago, I took our two children down to Lake Winona. Abby was throwing her Frisbee while Will was playing Pooh sticks by the side of the lake. After playing with Abby and her Frisbee for a while, I walked over by Will to play with him by throwing sticks into the water. When I arrived near the shoreline, I noticed many wild plants were blooming near the water’s edge. Will pointed something out that I failed to see, there were many varieties of butterflies landing on the wildflowers. I was amazed at how I had almost missed out in seeing them. I then turned and looked around at the many people biking, walking and playing on the swings. No one was observing the beauty of these butterflies flying about. If they had known, I am sure many would have stopped what they were doing and came over to watch them as well.
How many times in our lives do we miss something so wondrous and beautiful because we are looking straight ahead, or are to concerned about the challenges facing us, that we miss these tiny miracles of life taking place all around us. So many times I have walked with my children and to my surprise, they have noticed bugs, butterflies, hummingbirds, and worms crawling in the grass, as well as wild flowers just waiting to be picked.
When we get to heaven, do you suppose Jesus will be having us work on big projects, or be concerned about our bills, or perhaps fretting about relationships in our lives that are bothering us? Or do you think we might be looking for butterflies, hummingbirds and chipmunks?
|The view from our porch.|