After a late night taking care of alarm system issues at work, page 293 began early with the usual cleaning and building prep for the school day. The morning cleaning was filled with prayer and worship — helped along by the knowledge that fall break began for me once I was done for the day. 🙂 The school and preschool have Thursday and Friday off, so it’s a good time for me to take a break and do some sightseeing with my family. With today being the transition day between work and rest/sightseeing, I didn’t take any photos. I did see some photo-worthy scenes but didn’t have, or didn’t take, the opportunity to photograph them. The photo on today’s page is from a couple years ago, but I chose it because of the deer I saw today. I was driving when I saw them grazing alongside the road so I stopped, rolled down my window, and talked to them. They looked up for a moment and then went back to grazing, undeterred by my presence.
For me, taking time to be deliberate about enjoying the beauty God surrounds us with helps me to notice it on a day-to-day basis. Being able to take time to explore a variety of scenery with my family adds an extra value to what we see. Whether it is lighthouse trips, covered bridge trips, state park trips, or whatever other focus we choose, there are always things to do and see together. Sometimes we find what we’re looking for, sometimes we don’t, and other times we find more than we’re looking for. The deer today were more than we were looking for, but always a joy to see them up close and unafraid. They were obviously used to being around people and were not uncomfortable with my talking to them. It made me think about the way people relate, or don’t relate, to God. I cross paths with people on a regular basis who have no relationship with God and have no interest in building one. They are like most wild deer running from people. Any contact with the living God sends them running, as they’re not sure what to expect or even if they are safe in His presence. It is through deliberate time with God that we begin to be comfortable, to a degree, in His presence. I think of the line from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis where the question is asked if Aslan is safe. The response had to do with the fact he’s a lion — “of course he’s not safe . . . but He is good.” When we spend consistent time with God, we discover that He is good even if He may not be considered “safe”.
I pray that you and I would find times to take a break and be deliberate about observing the work of God around us. I pray that our pursuit of God would be done both individually and together with the people God has brought into our lives. I pray that we would pay attention to the lessons God desires for us to learn each day. I pray that our time spent with God would increase both our desire and comfort of spending time with Him. I pray that we would recognize God’s goodness at all times even when He challenges us to step outside of our comfort zones.