I see and feel the minute droplets of fog upon my face as I walk to the gate. The horses are gathered near the gate, always wanting to be far removed from the darkness of the deep woods when site obscured. After all, they are flight animals and with occasional sitings of black bear and even the rare Florida panther in these parts, their senses are well toned to any potential predator. But after sixteen years it has never happened and for that I am thankful. The two Great Pyrenees report to the barn, signaling that their all night guard duty and that they were now hungry. So, I feed them, get the grain ready for the horses and let them in. The only noticeable sound is their soft crunching noises as they enjoy their meal. It is a very soft and comforting game as they show their commitment. And last, as if a miracle, the barn cats show up , not wanting to show how pleased they are with a zero rodent assault overnight while begging for their Meow Mix. They are loyal to a fault and they show the Pyrenees they better stay true or they will take all the credit for work provided. It is a great competition which all win, for everyone gets their food and we benefit from their hard work.
By now, the sun is rising and trying to show itself with its warmth having the power over the cool clouds which are not a good match. I look to the east and as I take a photo of the sun slowly melting the fog, the evidence is clear from the increasing evidence that the clouds are thin and the sky above will be crystal clear and very blue, and within little more than an hour a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky appears. There is no longer any evidence of the clouds and I know God smiles down from above and I look skyward and nod in appreciation. And I think to myself how fortunate I am for living in rural North Florida and seeing all the little miracles and God's love in action, something I might never have appreciated as I do now. Thank you, Lord, for giving me these moments and thank you for the magic of your natural world. Help us to always remember it is our responsibility to keep it for those to come as well.