2017: Page 312

Fall is starting to be tinged with hints of winter as I had to scrape a heavy frost off the truck windows this morning before heading to work.  Through the crisp and cold air, the moon was shining brightly to illuminate the morning darkness.  I did snap a few photos of it and I suspect it planted the seeds of today’s internal soundtrack, “The Light of the World is Jesus”.  As I went about the morning prayer, cleaning, and building prep I thought about the darkness that has spread through this world and how God has called each of His children to reflect His light into the world so the people living in darkness would see a great light.  

Once the building was ready, I took out the trash and then finished writing yesterday’s page as didn’t get it finished last night before sleepiness overtook my mind.  My morning consisted of a combination of taking care of maintenance issues and repairs and working on some details for next week’s International Conference on Missions.  Both of those tasks carried over into the afternoon and it didn’t seem like it took long before it was late and I was hungry. 🙂  One advantage of working through a normal lunch time and having a late lunch is that I arrived at Arby’s midway through their afternoon “happy hour” when I could get each item of my meal, including an ultimate chocolate shake, for one dollar apiece. 

After the late lunch, I headed down to Potato Creek to get a walk in and see what I could find to photograph before sunset.  I didn’t see the eagles anywhere when I arrived, so I headed out on one of the trails for something close to two miles of walking.  It was a rather slow pace overall as I found numerous scenes that caused me to stop and shoot a few photos.  When I got back to my truck, I found the pair of adult bald eagles in a tree nearby so I spent time watching and photographing them.  Today’s photo is of one of the eagles as it eventually left its treetop perch and headed off into the sunset.  While it sat in the tree for the longest time, and I was beginning to think I wouldn’t get any photos of it in flight, it eventually decided it was time to head for home.  I took my cue from the eagle tonight and once it left I loaded up my camera gear and also headed for home where I spent the evening relaxing and going through the day’s photos.  

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

  • While not a fan of the cold weather, I do appreciate some of the beauty that it brings with it.
  • Even with the moon considerably less than full, it is able to reflect ample light to shine through the darkness of night.
  • The light of the world really is Jesus, but He also says that you are the light of the world.
  • When Jesus came to earth He was a great light that dawned on a people living in darkness.
  • Today Jesus calls you and I to reflect His light to a people who still live in a land of darkness.
  • When sleepiness fills my mind it is usually best that I not try to write something that won’t make sense once my mind is awake.
  • I can’t remember when I started going to the National Missionary Convention, now the International Conference on Missions, but it has become something I look forward to each year.
  • Life requires maintenance.  Sometimes it is preventative maintenance that is needed and sometimes it is repairing that which has been broken.  Either way, the maintenance and repairs necessary in our life are possible through a relationship with Jesus.

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