Think about it. The arrogance and self-assurance of today's mortal man (and woman) leads us to believe we have all the answers on our own and we later find out we don't. But our pride gets the better of us, and we move onward on our own and as often as not things either show no improvement, or they even get worse. But God, the One who created us, wants us to believe on faith and faith alone and has given us some tools to help us understand if we will just open our eyes and ears and watch and listen.
The principal tool He gives on earth is nature itself, for it follows time-honored patterns tied to God's time divided into four different seasons. And the exact timing of it is always variable to a small degree measured by a few days, but it never fails to come and go in a natural pattern which has existed since keeping time began. So, be it seasons, a storm, a freeze or so many other things that man thinks he can control, he can't. And once we realize that, we can use nature to help guide us while we also enjoy her simple, yet amazing pleasures like the picture above. It was part of a truly amazing, yet commonplace occurrence that we just don't take the time to enjoy.
Two mornings ago, when I awoke to a dark and gloomy day, I headed to the barn and I could feel the gloom in the dreary morn impacting my mind in a negative way. And it wasn't just me, but also the dogs, the barn cats and the horses as they also realized that the day to come would be without sunshine. And if you know domestic animals as I do, you know how much they love sunshine. So, to change my outlook, I threw myself into my barn chores and fed the horses and the other animals, cleaned things up and walked back outside to just enjoy the morning as the sun was now coming up. It was still very gray and ugly and I was beginning to think it was the plan of the day. But off in the distance in the western sky, there was a sign of better times to come. There was a thin strip of clear sky just above the horizon. I thought nothing more of it for a moment as I put a few things away in the storage building next to the house, then returned around front to go in for a bite to eat for breakfast. Looking one last time toward the western horizon, the gray and drab clouds were now moving fast toward the east to soon give way to beautiful, clear sky which would lead to sunshine on a warm day. By nine o'clock the clouds were gone and the memory of the gloom went away, too. And the horses nickered and the cats meowed and the guard dogs turned in for sleep after a long tour of duty as God's nature filled the air. And all the horses realized it, too, and they settled in the pasture secure knowing the weather would be fair. And God's warmth and light as brought by the sun filled their spirits, too.
So, folks, my message to you on this cool and comfortable Florida day, is to take time to see and pay attention to your surroundings. Appreciate them and think about what they tell you. For God gives us all the beauty of our habitat, just like He gives us life itself. And He wants us to love it, appreciate and enjoy it and use it in part to learn what His master plan is for each of us. Whatever it might be, if we open our hearts to find it and live it, in the end we will live with Him for all eternity. Enjoy this beautiful fall day and use it wisely to set your course for tomorrow and beyond on the road to everlasting life. For if you do, the wonder and the glory that you will see and the change in yourself will be such a mastery that you will wish you did so many years ago. Why? Simply put, because God loves you and me. Have a wonderful day.