Here in the United States page 327 was Thanksgiving Day, so it has been a quiet day spent with my family. My first task when I woke up this morning was to fire up the pellet grill and get a turkey ready to put on for Thanksgiving lunch. Once the turkey was on the grill, I spent time writing yesterday’s page as I hadn’t gotten to it last night. As I spent the morning writing, I would take breaks to pour Dr Pepper over the turkey with the hope it would add flavor and keep it moist.
After the page was written, the rest of my morning was spent letting the outline for Sunday’s sermon simmer in my mind as I went through recently taken photos. Shortly after noon, the pop-up timer on the turkey popped so I took it off the grill to let it set for a while before slicing. As I began slicing it, I could tell that it had definitely not dried out and the Dr Pepper had added a sweetness to the meat that enhanced its flavor. The slicing process also uncovered the giblet package that I had assumed wasn’t in the turkey because I couldn’t find it when I prepped it for cooking.
After lunch it was time to relax a while before we decided to make a family trip to Potato Creek in search of the eagles and some photo opportunities. There were no eagles visible from the area where we often see them, so we took a few photos of the sun as it began to drop behind the tree line and then drove around the lake to see what else we could find. Our first stop was for a heron that was perched high up in a tree along the road. Unfortunately, when I opened my truck door to get the camera out, the heron flew off and I missed the photo opportunity. While we were stopped I did get a few more shots of the sun setting across the lake, but I wasn’t real impressed with them. As we made our way around the lake, we saw a heron standing on a downed tree in a wetland area. This one stayed put long enough to get a few photos, including today’s photo. As he flew off, I zoomed back out to take a photo of the trees and sunset colors reflecting in the water. As I did so, MJ followed the flight of the heron and noticed one of the bald eagles perched in a tree that was in the center of my reflection photo. It is interesting how easy it is to miss something, even when it is right in front of you, if you’re not expecting to see it.
After taking some photos of the eagle and then some more pictures of the setting sun, we made our way home. At home I began the writing of this page so I could get it done tonight rather than tomorrow. As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- A Thanksgiving holiday is a great idea but it works best if we live a thankful life both before and after the holiday.
- Once I plant a sermon text and outline in my mind, it seems like there is a constant refining and simmering that takes place even in the midst of doing other tasks — and that’s the way I like it.
- Some things are good for more than one purpose if we think beyond what we’re sure we know.
- Just because we don’t find something, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Sometimes we have to look more closely and sometimes we may need to step back and take a wider look.
- It can be difficult to build a connection with someone if our actions startle them.
- Working together helps to lessen the gaps in what we notice.