Snowy

IMG_2109 editI’m sitting here, gazing out the window, watching lazy flakes drift to the ground, gently highlighting the forms of dark spruce across the field.  It seems strange that they’re forecasting temperatures above freezing for the next couple weeks, which means our world of white may soon be turning to soggy brown.  But it’s March, after all, that indecisive in-between month that (where I live) is never quite winter, never quite spring.

With all this uncertainty, then, it seems like I’d better slip in this last ode to the beauty of winter before it’s too late—and with it, excerpts from a most appropriate psalm.  IMG_1579 edit“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting…winter shed…He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly…IMG_2049 editIMG_1573 edit
He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes…IMG_2120 edit…He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold?…Praise the LORD!”  (Psalm 147:1, 15-17, 20)

If you get a chance and need something guaranteed to lift your spirits (who doesn’t?), slip out your Bible and take a moment to read through this psalm in it’s entirety—I’ll just say that it’s not only about snow and ice, and it’s pretty magnificent!

Ruffed Grouse

grouse with daisies / rejoicing hillsLook what I shot the other day from the car window!

(No, no—not literally!  You know, with the camera.)

We have an abundant population of ruffed grouse in our area, and we hear the males drumming frequently, but they’re rather skittish birds and challenging to photograph.  So I was pleased when this one sat still and eyed me warily long enough so I could step on my brakes, roll down the window and take its portrait.  (Hooray for country dirt roads where you can do that!)  I didn’t have a telephoto lens on, so this isn’t exactly a close-up—but I can’t complain about the scenery he chose to pose in front of!  Haven’t the daisies been gorgeous this year?!

I drove past the same spot the following week and everything was mowed back, chopped off low and rough for safety purposes.  Even if my little grouse friend had reappeared, the photo could never have been the same again.  Thinking about that, I was reminded of not just the fleetingness of photo opportunities, but of the golden opportunities that come our way in life, and these words of wisdom:

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”  (Ephesians 5:15-16)

Make the most of the opportunities you are given, whether great or small—you never know whether they may gone forever tomorrow!

Rejoicing Forest

pine forest / rejoicing hills IMG_5693 edit“Then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord.  For He cometh, for He cometh to judge the earth;  He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with His truth.”  (Psalm 96:12-13) 

We took a hike amongst these majestic 300+ year old trees recently, and I stood there and thought about what it might be like to hear this stately forest literally rejoice in anticipation of their Creator’s coming.  Can you imagine?  Kind of gave me goosebumps!

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