The picture here is of one of my younger barn cats, Rascal, sitting on a fence next to one of the surrounding fields, probably waiting for a mouse to appear in the grass. This little sweetie helps to keep rodents from invading my property, especially the barn where horses continually spill feed while eating. She is one of nearly a dozen outdoor cats that take care of our property.
This morning dawned very different from the typical mid-May day in North Florida. The temperature was in the middle 40's, very cold for our parts; I even needed a sweatshirt at early feeding time.
Finishing my chores as the sun cleared the distant pines, the sky was a glorious blue with no clouds in sight, and the chill in the air quickly disappeared in the bright sunshine. It reminded me of mid-October in my native Virginia.
The birds were singing and a bald eagle was circling high above looking for breakfast. The neighbor's cattle were mooing loudly and their bodyguard, a donkey, was doing the heehaw thing to let everyone know he was on the job. No animal wants to take on a donkey on guard duty, their kick can be quite deadly.
Leaving the barn, I watched the barn cats arrive for their breakfast and the dogs performed their usual sentry duty along the fence lines. The horses were in heaven munching their hay in the sunshine and the distant fields were becoming green from recent rains. And the wild turkeys were scurrying about near the horses, scratching the horse apples, breaking them apart to find remaining seed. My three roosters were also carrying on with a sideshow while the two parrots laughed at them from their cages.
As I viewed and listened to this glorious, live motion picture, I thought about how fortunate I am to have this beautiful environment where I can escape the troubles of the day and be close to my God. And I thank Him for all that He has given me.
How about you? If you haven't already, take time to enjoy the beauty outdoors, wherever you live. Even in an urban jungle, trees still turn green, squirrels run and birds sing. You just sometimes have to look a little closer. But take the time, and you too will witness the glory of nature which reminds us of God's love for us.
Have a wonderful day and life your day like it's the last day of your life. Praise Him for your blessings.