Thursday, April 26, 2007
Thankful Thursday and The Caterpillar
It is such a beautiful day, and I feel so thankful:
Thank You Lord for this beautiful spring. The wild flowers are just glorious this year. We have had good rains. The oppressivie heat hasn't come early this year, and it is so pleasant. I love it when I can have the windows wide open. The fresh breeze flows through the rooms, and we are serenaded by birds who seem full of joy. The pure notes of their bird songs lift my spirit.
Thank you for the Bible Study on prayer we just completed. Thank you for teaching me things about You I didn't know and for revealing Yourself in such a clear way. Thank you that You desire to hear my voice and that You have things You want to say to me.
Thank you for the precious women in my small group - for the bonds that have formed during this past year. Thank you that we were able to share openly the deep needs of our hearts and pray for each other. Thank you for the amazing answers to prayer we have seen over these weeks of praying together. Thank you for being all You have promised to be.
Thank you for being with my granddaughter and grandson at the Bible Quiz. Thank you for helping S. to remember the word she had hidden in her heart and place FIRST!!! Thank you for helping little J. as well. He was able to finish NINTH in his very first year of competition. Thank you that their team finished SECOND. Father most of all thank you that they know You as Lord of their lives and that they are willing to spend hours studying Your Word. What a blessing Father!
Thank you for this day. This one day that You have given me. Thank you that You have promised to order my steps, to protect and help me, and to be with me every moment. May I live it in a way that is pleasing to You Lord.
Iris is once again hosting Thankful Thursday. I am so blessed when I write my post and when I read the others that are there.
We went for our walk earlier this morning. I was crossing the road at the crest of one of the little hills when I looked down and spotted a little caterpillar crawling right down the middle of the road. I looked at him (or her - not sure how to tell which is which),and I thought about how his journey reminded me a bit of how I sometimes live my life.
There he was crawling along the hot, black pavement. If he continued on that path, his would be an endless journey of suffering, ending in much grief. He had placed himself at great risk of being flattened by hundreds of pounds of rolling metal and rubber. If he managed to avoid being run over, he then faced the great possiblity of being easily spotted by a bird and becoming breakfast. The great irony was, on either side of him was not only safety but all that he needed for a very abundant life. There was lush growth for the food he no doubt craved, there were dew drops glistening on the leaves and grass to relieve his parched little throat and trees to provide a place of rest and shelter. But there he was - crawling down the hot, dry, endless pavement.
I couldn't help but think of my own life. There have been seasons in my life when I somehow begin to travel down the wrong road. Perhaps it is the busyness of life we have been discussing in our posts lately, or perhaps I have for one reason or another distanced myself from the Lord. There I am "crawling" along the hot, dry pavement when all the while the Lord is standing just a breath away offering me all that I need. He has the living water my thirsty soul is longing for; He has the bread of life I desperately need; He stands offering direction and help and protection. All I need to do is go to Him.
On my way back home I looked for my little caterpillar friend in the road. I couldn't find him. I'm hoping he was wise enough to change direction and take all that was offered to him only a stone's throw away.