2017: Page 81

Page 81 is a Wednesday which means it will likely be a long workday.  I began the day early with the usual cleaning and building prep.  It was cold outside this morning but that just added a crispness to the air that made the moon and stars seem extra bright in the early morning sky.  As I took out some of the trash, there was a faint glow on the eastern horizon but without a cloud in the sky I didn’t anticipate much in the way of a colorful sunrise — at least not one that photographs well.  When I finished the morning prep the sun was beginning to crawl over the tree line to the east and appeared to be a perfect ball of fire making its way into the sky.  While beautiful to see, I haven’t figured out how to photograph that scene well without the clouds to diffuse some of the brightness and catch the various colors of light.

After the building was ready for the day, I settled into my office to spend the morning finishing up the missions record-keeping and accounting work that I had begun yesterday.  I always enjoy this task because it involves things I am good at — numbers, math, and accounting principles — but I enjoy it more so because it involves mission work in various parts of the world.  As it ought to be with all tasks that I do, this one is easy to include prayer as a key part of the work I do.  The correspondence and financial contributions which go to the missions Deer Run helps to support are useful to them, I’m sure.  But even more useful are the prayers that take place and go with every letter and check sent out.  

By early afternoon I had my office work done and headed to the post office to send out some mail.  After getting lunch I headed down to Potato Creek to spend some time with God, do some walking, and take some photos.  While I didn’t see any of the eagles today, there was a good variety of birds willing to have their photo taken. 🙂  The first part of my walk took me to an area of the park where there were swans, geese, ducks, heron, and osprey.  I sat out with this group quite a while as I took photos, watched, and listened to them interact with each other.  When I left that area of the park, I headed over to the other osprey nest where I took the photo which made today’s page.  It is rare that my photo-of-the-day is of the same subject two days in a row, but this photo of the two osprey working together to build their nest seemed like the right fit for today.  This pair of osprey seemed to be doing a good job of working together as they build their nest.  When one would arrive with a stick or branch, it would work at finding just the right placement for it while the other would take off in search of more nesting material.  By the time I left the park, they had taken a break from nest building and each of them could be seen atop their platform with a fish in their claws enjoying an evening meal together.

I headed back to the building to take out trash and make sure it was ready for the mid-week Bible study classes.  I’m writing today’s page as I wait for the building to clear out after the classes, but I’m considering heading home and coming in early in the morning rather than work late tonight.  I guess I’ll finish out the page and see how I feel when it’s done.

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • The moon has no light of its own but many songs, poems, and stories have been written about the light of the moon.
  • You and I have no light of our own but Jesus declared that His followers are the light of the world.
  • Since we are to be the light of the world and we have no light of our own, it is critical that we become effective in reflecting the true light — Jesus.
  • Gazing into the presence of God can be blinding and uncomfortable but when we reflect God’s glory, the people around us are able to see Him without becoming completely overwhelmed.
  • Money by itself isn’t the answer to any problem.  It may be part of the answer but if God is not being listened to, having all the money you think you need will actually be part of the problem instead of part of the solution.
  • People can accomplish great things when working together.  They can accomplish impossible things when working together with God.

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