2017: Page 142

Page 142 has been a relaxing day even though I’m still in the habit of waking up early.  The early wake-up was actually a bonus as I was able to see about eight dolphin playing in the intercoastal waterway out our back door.  As the sun finished rising, they made their way to wherever they were heading for the day so I went inside for some breakfast and to see if the rest of my family was ready to start the day.  Once everyone was ready, we headed out and spent some time at a nature preserve in the morning, and then after lunch we headed to the beach.  

Today’s photo is of a pelican enjoying a meal he had just caught while a gull is coming in to see if he can get a free meal out of the deal.  I watched this pelican for some time as it would glide above the shoreline and then dive into the water for a tasty fish dinner.  Each time he dove into the water, he was immediately surrounded by gulls that were hoping for a chance at leftovers.  It made me think about how often people flock to something that appears to be successful rather than put in the work necessary on their own in order to have their own success.

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

  • Sometimes I’m awake when I think I ought to be sleeping.  Those are always good times to see what God may be trying to teach or show me.
  • Some opportunities only present themselves for a short time — you either have to make the most of it while you can, or miss it altogether.
  • Working hard will often attract people who want to benefit from your hard work — do your work as if working for the Lord anyway.
  • Rest is a process of surrender.

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