2017: Page 143

Page 143 was a warm but breezy day.  I slept a little past sunrise this morning, so I guess the resting is beginning to reset my body clock.  A heavy cloud cover came with the strong breeze, so I don’t think I missed much of a sunrise anyway.  The day was spent at a couple different county parks where we were able to view and photograph a variety of beautiful scenes and birds.  We managed to catch sight of a couple different groups of dolphin, but none were at a good location to photograph.  We even found a couple different bald eagle nests, but the eagles were either hunkered down out of the wind and out of sight or were out catching the next meal.

Today’s photo is of a duck-type bird feeding one of her young.  I’m not sure I would be all that thrilled about a serving of fresh algae, but this seemed to satisfy the young.  As I read social media, there are many times that individuals get all bent out of shape in regard to how someone else raises their young.  I understand that there are people who mistreat their children and abuse them in a myriad of ways, but that’s not what I’m talking about.  Far too often, people are quick to criticize simple decisions that are not right and wrong issues but rather issues of parent and/or child preference.  It would be like me criticizing this mother for giving her young algae to eat when I don’t even know what kind of bird it is, let alone what the young prefer and what is best for it.  It seems like social media is often an instrument completely devoid of understanding and grace.  It doesn’t seem to matter what the topic, people are quick to become angry and judgmental regardless of how many facts they know . . . or more likely, don’t know.

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

  • Learning to rest can be difficult to someone used to an early morning work routine.
  • When I go out to take photos, I don’t always find what I’m looking for but I’m more likely to find something to photograph if I look.
  • When we seek God with our whole heart, we don’t always find what we expect but we always find God . . . that’s His promise.
  • I don’t have to know what something is, or understand it, to appreciate its beauty.
  • God wants our conversations to be seasoned liberally with grace — that includes our social media conversations.
  • People are different.  Some of us are more different than others. 🙂
  • God’s standard of right and wrong never changes and is always accurate . . . but fortunately, it always comes with a generous portion of grace.

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