Savoring Summer #27: Mother Hen

IMG_2103 edit.jpg“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Looking back over what I read this last week, I was easily drawn back to chapter 8.  There is so much good stuff in that one chapter!  This particular verse in it is a frequently quoted one, but for good reason.  

We’ve all been through those seasons in our lives when it sure doesn’t FEEL like things are going to work together for the good, does it?  But this is a precious promise to lean on in the midst of those struggles and hard times.

This is not to say that there aren’t any consequences for mistakes or sin, but it is to say that God can use even the ugly thing and turn them around for His ultimate glory and good.  I’ve watched it happen, time and again, and it’s such a beautiful thing.

P.S. See this original post for info about this photo challenge and more about this reading plan I’m using this summer for the book of Romans (and I’d love to have you join in!)!

About the photo: The best part about this picture is what’s not pictured:  a handful or more of the tiniest brown striped chicks you ever saw, almost completely camouflaged in the weeds behind her.  The grass rippled with the movement of them all running away while she stood guard.

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!