My son gestured to the view from our back porch. “That’s your TV,” he said to me. He’s right. God’s amazing show is always running and always worth watching. I love to look out early to see Venus shining brilliantly in the dark morning sky. The outrageous oranges, pinks and golds of sunrise make me wonder at this brief and awe-inspiring treat God planned for those of us who are up early.
What birds are picking their way around the pond outside today? Wood storks, ibises, egrets, herons? Maybe the funny roseate spoonbill? For a long time I missed the killdeer skittering around our end of the pond, as I looked at the bigger birds.
When we moved into our new home in Florida, I was scared when I sighted an alligator in the pond. I called the homeowners’ office to report it. The man who answered seemed a little amused.
“Is it interacting with anyone?” he asked. “Well, no,” I said, starting to feel embarrassed. “We don’t usually bother with them unless they’re interacting with anyone,” he said. OK.
Now, five years later, I’m used to glancing out my window as I sort my laundry, checking on the occasional alligator sunning itself on the side of the pond. But I always take a flashlight outside with me at night in case one is exchanging our pond for another.
Another occasional visitor to the pond is the anhinga, or “snakebird,” swimming along with just its long snake-like neck sticking out of the water until it dives swiftly to fish. Later you’ll see it drying its wings on the side of the pond.
Looking out, I often see sandhill cranes, almost always in pairs, strutting about on the grass, making their blood-curdling cry. Sometimes I see the red flash of a cardinal, or hear the “kiyr, kiyr” of the red-shouldered hawk wheeling overhead.
When I watch the stars and planets and the moon follow their courses, and see the sunrise shift gradually from one side of our view to the other, I marvel at the One who set it all in motion. The heavens are telling His glory (Psalm 19:1), and in wisdom He has made all His works (Psalm 104:24).
Emerson said, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” Yes. My Father gave me eyes and ears to take in all this beauty. I take heart, because He’s the One taking care of me. Thank You for keeping the show on, Lord. I’m so glad I get to watch.
Photos of tricolored heron at top and anhingas by Andrew Neibling
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