The horses have their winter coats almost complete, ready for cold weather. It's just in time, too, for after the storm goes by tonight the temperature is supposed to drop quickly. They provide a sure sign of what to expect soon, earlier than usual in North Florida.
The barn cats are hanging a little closer this morning. They understand what's coming and are preparing to hunker down in the eaves of the barn until the storm passes. On days like these they leisurely pass their time either in the barn or in the garage where they can stay dry. Dinky, our mixed Siamese-Himalayan looks like a "woolly bear", those furry looking caterpillars that appear prior to a cold winter. As she walks by she almost resembles a hairy accordion as her body motion make her low slung body appear to lengthen and shorten as she walks about.
The dogs don't ask to go out as much. My jack rat terrier, Molly and Kaz, the Great Dane, usually so anxious to scour the property for raccoons and possum are only going outside for nature's call, then they quickly return. On days like these they become couch potatoes. The other little dogs just curl up on a rug and seem content.
All of the hens are seated on their perches in the raised and covered part of the coop, safe and secure from the rain and water. Except for eating and nesting, they will stay there all day. The sure sing when all is clear is when they again will start moving about and clucking loudly. Not today, which also means not many eggs.
There is, however, one group of our animals that want to go out in the storm to frolic: the geese. Ringo, Lucy and the gang love the rain and the puddles and mud. They delight in it, honking and splashing while looking like young kids in the bathtub with their play toys. With their thick and oily feathers they are protected from come what may. Wet and cold is never a problem. It is so pleasing to them that they will give me a hard time getting them back to their pen this evening. Sorry, fellas, you can't stay out. Don't forget we have coyotes.
At a time that America seems to be falling apart and the world is filled with terror and sadness, why do I shift my gaze to a quiet and uneventful event such as a rainstorm and the animals? Well, I do so to highlight the wonder and instinct of the many animals that surround all of us in our daily lives. Sometimes they are smarter than we are and are therefore better prepared. The rains, the cold and the sunshine and heat come and go, but these creatures adapt quickly and appropriately for the seasons and the weather they are given. They don't grumble or complain, they just take what God gives and use it in the best way possible. For some it's play, for others it's rest, but it always fits the situation.
And you know what else? While man gets all worked up and concerned about the supposed impact of global warming, he really can't even tell accurately what this afternoon's weather will really be like. I mean, really, his prognostications are often no better than a "crap shoot", so how does he know with any likelihood of accuracy what the weather patterns will be like and their impact five, ten, even one hundred years from now? He can't.
Frankly I'll place my bet on the animals and just general observation of nature around me. Odds are it will be more accurate and it also puts things in their proper place. I think that's what God intended, for all the preparations we can take for whatever we expect mean nothing when the forces of nature, all part of God's creation, come into play. We are at His mercy as it should be.
Lord, Help us to always remember that through you is our salvation. Remind us that we can weather any storm and flood or anything your natural elements can bring our way but only if we remain righteous and true to you. Help us to keep our hearts open to you and our conscience always alert and aware to what you expect us to do, whether it be preparing for today's storm or the ultimate joy of eternal life. We ask in Jesus' name, Amen.
Have a great day, sunshine or darkness, knowing that He is always with us. Take comfort in this and heed His direction for life always. It will work wonders within each of us. God bless.
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