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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
God all around us
Know right now, I am NOT an
ornithologist. Not even a bird
watcher. Not really. But I do notice them. Remember that old song, “May the Bluebird of
Happiness Fly Up Your Nose,”……..no, better not go there. Nonetheless, while the wife and I were down
at the lake, we were wandering toward the shore from the cabin, and happened
across a bluebird that appeared to me to be rather young, which may account for
what we noticed. Didn’t look like the
bluebirds I have seen before…..but it never turned to face us, so I didn’t get
a front view. It was puttering around on
the ground about 5 yards from us…..not sure what it was looking for, but it was
just kind of wandering around there. My
wife commented, and I agreed, that it was about the brightest blue she had ever
seen in a bluebird. It really was. Almost iridescent…..and the bluebird probably
doesn’t even know what that word means!
Kind of a cool serendipity sort of moment. We stood and watched it until it finally flew
away. Really striking.
One of my favorite quotes was
written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
It goes like this:
“Earth's crammed with
But only he who sees
takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round
and pluck blackberries.”
That bird was a good
example. All around us, every day, there
are sights, sounds and moments of wonder and beauty, if we will stop to look
and take off our shoes, instead of gorging ourselves with the
blackberries. That was a pretty cool
moment for me, probably for us, but definitely for me. I also got a kick out of the little fish that
would come and eat what we had stirred up on the rocks by the shore with our
feet…..even getting within an inch of my toes to get to whatever it was as they
flitted around in the water. Fish are
fast, you know that? Well, hope you have
some moments today. I plan on doing so.
TL:DR A chance encounter with a beautiful bluebird
reminds us that there are special touches of God all around us if we look to