“. . . Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Johsua 1:9
The early morning light cast a golden glow over the countryside. The frost covered fields and barren trees were still enveloped in the stillness that comes with a cold winter’s night. Adi and I hiked past a farm before following the trail through the woods and around a pond.
To my young Lab’s delight, we had to cross a stream. She jumped into the cold water, splashing wildly before careening back onto the trail and up to the pond’s edge. Her unexpected arrival upset a small flock of mallard ducks resting quietly on the bank. A commotion of splashing, quacking, and flapping wings ensued. Equally frightened Adi jumped back and froze.
A few seconds later, she turned to see my reaction. My response would prompt her course of action- run in fear or move forward. When she found that I was still walking down the trail undisturbed by what had just occurred, she relaxed and approached the water’s edge. Calmly she gazed out at the resettled flock.
In that moment, I found myself filled with gratitude. Grateful that when the unexpected elements of life surprise and frighten me, I have a mighty God nearby in whom I can look for direction and courage.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.-Deuteronomy 31:6
To see some stunning pictures of the type of duck that startled Adi that day, I invite you to visit the blog Into the Light Adventures. Sandra’s heart for the Lord and His creation is clearly reflected in her photography and words. Click here to visit her post featuring the mallard duck.
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