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My desk sits in front of big picture windows. It is filled with paperwork in progress for the business, items to be reviewed for Mosaic Reviews, bills to be paid, homeschool files…and lots of other junk needing to be taken care of! So I’m sitting here, trying to be productive and in flies a flock of some kind of bird. All 20 of them land right in the tree closest to the window. I don’t know what they are…quick grab the camera…oh no, it’s downstairs! So I run downstairs, hoping they don’t fly away. Grab camera, run upstairs, whew…..they’re still there….snap a few pictures. Ok, now they’re closer to the downstairs window….run downstairs. Awesome!
But what are they? Then I remember the Audubon Birds app on my iPad, which is, of course, upstairs! Back up I go! I do an advanced search…small like a sparrow, in Michigan in January, has yellow, tan, white, red…..search….It’s the Cedar Waxwing!
They are beautifully designed, don’t you think?
I love the mask. It makes them look mysterious.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
So let’s put our worrying behind us and get on with our day. He’s got this! As for me, I think I need to move my desk away from the windows. How am I supposed to get anything done?
A fellow blogger introduced me to this journal project at FOLK. I looked through the prompts for each week and decided to give it a try. Last week’s prompt was to find a family photo and use it to tell a story. Thinking about all the photos and stories we have amassed through the years, I remembered an old post from a few years ago, and thought I’d put a new twist on an old story….
Change of Plans
The day started full of anticipation and excitement! We were going to take the boat out for a few days and just see where we end up! No big planning, just provision for a few days journey and head south down the Intercoastal Waterway. A spontaneous vacation…
Our first stop was in Sarasota Bay. We dropped the anchor, prepared a healthy lunch of tuna salad and fresh fruit, and gently swung on the hook. After lunch, we thought a nice relaxing nap was in order, so we settled in and got comfy. The waves splashed softly on the hull, the palm tree swayed gently on the shore, the sea birds flew gracefully over head.
We woke up refreshed, pulled the anchor, started the…..started the….started the….NOPE! The boat would not start! The ideal trip we planned was interrupted by a fried wiring harness. Once again, the realities of boat ownership had interrupted our plans. After an hour or so, upside down in the hot bilge, Mr. Resourceful had us moving again. But just outside the anchorage, it was apparent that one of the engines was not getting full power. There was not one, but two problems! Sadly, maybe even angrily, we had to head back to the dock. Slowly… about 9 knots! In other words, it would take us about 3 hours to go the 25 miles back to the dock. We were frustrated that our plans for a trip south, ended in a mechanical problem. Again.
We were caught up in our conversation about “selling this piece of junk”, not paying attention to the sights and scenes around us. This was not the first time the boat had let us down, but it would be the last. We were done with boating! We were SO through with this.
But as we made our eastward turn toward the river, we glanced back at a glorious sunset behind us and observed a pod of dolphin jumping in our wake. You see, our tediously slow speed, made the perfect wake for dolphins to play. We looked at each other and smiled.
Maybe we’ll sell the boat another day.
There are many ways this could have been worse…a fire could have started, we could have been much further away from the dock, we could have been in unfamiliar waters. We were reminded that even in difficult times, in times of frustration and disappointment, we need to remember just how much we are blessed.
God is good! And I’m so thankful that I stopped moaning and complaining and looked up to see the gift that was right under my nose.
It really is the simple things, right? We just have to take the time to notice them….I suspect they are always there, but in our busy-ness, we often neglect taking the time to really see that which is around us.
Year after year, we look at our scraggly little Pomegranate and wonder if it will really produce any fruit. (Honestly, how do I know it is truly a pomegranate if it never has the fruit to prove it? Hmmm…There is a lesson hidden there, right?) Every year, it’s put on the list….the “chopping block” ….the list of plants to yank from the ground! It really is scraggly, quite a homely looking, pathetic little thing. But touring the plants in the yard today, I noticed something new and wonderful! So of course, I must share the good news with you!
The Lesson: We, just like my pomegranate tree, are known by our fruit!
“A healthy tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a poor tree bear good fruit. Every tree is known by the fruit it bears; you do not pick figs from thorn bushes or gather grapes from bramble bushes. A good person brings good out of the treasure of good things in his heart; a bad person brings bad out of his treasure of bad things. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:43 – 45 Good News Translation