Page 318 began with fog and freezing temperatures so the ice scraper was put to use on my truck windows before I could go anywhere. Even through the light fog, the moon was visible in the early morning sky and its sliver of light reminded me of the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland. When I arrived at work I took a few photos of the moon before heading inside. I suppose the beauty of the night sky had at least some influence on the morning soundtrack in my mind as I found myself singing, “Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds thy hands have made.” This soundtrack in my mind brought back some memories as it was one of the songs that I would actually sing at the top of my lungs when I was a child and had to do early morning chores of livestock feeding on the farm. As I headed into the darkness of the barn it was not only full of livestock, it also contained a great variety of critters that I felt were less likely to frighten me if I frightened them first with my singing. 🙂
After finishing the work necessary to get the building ready for the day, I turned my attention to getting some display material printed and ready for the prayer ministry display. While I worked, the sun burned through the fog and the trees and brush outside my office window were once again filled with birds. As the birds quietly flew out of sight, I realized that I wasn’t the only one watching them. Today’s photo is of my fellow bird-watcher, but I suspect his watching was being done with an entirely different motive than mine. It made me think about how often people do similar looking things but because their motives are different, the expected results are different. While we may work hard at times to disguise the reasons for our actions, we can be sure that God always sees beyond the surface and into the very heart of our motives.
After working through the morning, I took a break to have lunch with a friend and pick up a few supplies for the missions conference before heading back to work for the afternoon to finish organizing everything I need to take with me.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Moisture in the air and freezing temperature can make for a beautiful scene, but they also make extra work if you need to drive.
- The cold nights seem to add a level of clarity to the moon.
- I enjoy seeing and photographing the moon in its various phases, but I think my favorite is when the sliver of reflected light is positioned in a way to look like a smile in the nighttime sky.
- While there is much to be learned through a daily walk with God and time spent allowing His Word to change us, there is a level at which nature itself leaves us with no excuse for not believing in God.
- Even all these years removed from my childhood, there is still something about those old words that has the ability to chase away fear — “Then sings my soul; my savior, God, to thee! How great Thou art! How great Thou art!”
- “While man looks at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart.”
- The cat and I both watch the birds very closely, but I’m pretty sure our reasons are very different.
- Motives matter. What you hope your actions to accomplish makes at least as much difference as the actions themselves.
- Even in the midst of busyness, it is always good to take time for lunch with a friend.