I heard the snap first. But still didn’t dodge in time. And as I stared dumb-founded at the pine bough in my hand dislodged from the threads of my fleece hat, the tapping sound from above became fiercer. I glanced up at the tall pine trees, and then quickly side-stepped as I watched two more pine boughs tumble down and grace my hikers.
What’s going on?
Grasping my camera with one hand while shielding my eyes with the other from a sun that only a cloudless, fall Alberta sky day can spawn, I took a couple steps back, and waited for the mischief-maker.
I didn’t wait long.
As my right foot found it’s balance on the patchy trail dotted with cinnamon, cherry, and gold leaves, a blur of tan scurried down a tree and sprinted across the trail. Before I could position my finger on the capture button of my camera, the bough breaker spiraled up another tree.
I stilled and waited. Maybe, just maybe, it would settle with my silence. And then I would be able to behold it’s presence in this place full of natural wonders.
I stayed still. I waited, listening.
And I wondered in the waiting and the stillness, if this is how God is with us? As we chew away at new opportunities we hope to land our feet into, or as we scurry across one path to the next, berthing ourselves in a new place without heed of what we may have discarded along the route, He watches and waits. He waits, never leaving the path. He waits until our sprint slows, stops, and is still so He can gaze upon the beauty of His creation-us.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; Genesis 1:27
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:31
Let the glory of the LORD endure forever; Let the LORD be glad in His works; Psalm 104:31
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Are you allowing God to rejoice over you, His beloved creation, today?