My husband took this photo of a baby squirrel, nibbling on breakfast, while sitting on a step of the deck in our backyard
Over the years my husband has managed to take some fabulous (IMHO) photos of baby animals. Our most recent is the one above. But one of my favorite is the one of the ground squirrel family below:
He is able to get these photos because he is both observant and patient.
Being observant and patient are qualities required for us to embrace, expand, and live into the message of our scripture readings this morning. Each of the readings point us to consider the ways God is working in and through the small and the unexpected...God working in and through unknown young people who become kings, small and unexpected seeds that become potent as they grow.
All of this may point us to ponder how God is working in and through the small and unexpected moments in our own lives.
Where are we limiting God's desire for us and all creation? A desire that God would gladly enliven, if only we might have the vision to imagine such possibility? Or, at the very least, allow for the potential that God is acting in and through our lives in small and unexpected ways...
I mean, seriously, don't you wish God were much more explicit? Much more grand and obvious?
Anyway...I have a very busy day, a big funeral and a necessary hospital visit a good distance from home. Much to do today. Right? Don't we all?
So, how do we manage the time and the patience to notice the small and unexpected ways God is moving in and through our lives?
And, what other ideas and images and thoughts are leading you as you ponder the readings and consider your sermon for tomorrow?
What other distractions does this day hold for you?
How can we be of help?
I have lots of delicious coffee and tea - along with fresh fruit and veggies from the farmers market and from my garden. Pull up a chair, we're here to feed you in body, mind, and spirit!
May the party begin!