Oh So Natural-ly

Deer cavort on my front lawn, pausing to snack on geraniums, hibiscus, and tulips. A fawn spies me through my kitchen window, and our eyes lock for a moment. 

A skunk changes his address and takes up residence under my front porch, even making a front door and back door with his burrowing. A wild turkey hen decides she likes my front porch and enjoys early morning visits there. 

A raccoon family of six travels across the common area. Babies are learning to forage for food and survive on their own. Squirrels make graceful arcs as they bound across the lawn. Then they wave their tails as they scoot up the trees. 

Glimpses of another world are just outside my window. What's in your backyard?

Glimpses of another world are just outside my window. What's in your backyard?

Living near a forest preserve is full of surprise encounters! And no one would believe that my home is one hour south of the Chicago lakefront.

Jet and Raven, my feline companions, enjoy watching the show that nature presents in our own backyard.

Jet and Raven, my feline companions, enjoy watching the show that nature presents in our own backyard.

My kitties, Raven and Jet, and I watch from inside our cozy townhouse. We have the best of both worlds. We watch the animals through our windows, never needing to touch or talk to them. Just enjoying the glimpses of their world. 

Do they watch us through the windows? Do they wonder why we stay inside in our self-created environment? Do they wonder what it’s like to watch television, lounge on a couch, or sip steaming coffee before the sun comes up? Do they sometimes wish our worlds would merge?

This morning, as I sip my Highlander Grog with cream, I am thankful. Thankful that God doesn’t just watch me through the windows and wonder what it’s like to be human. He knows because he’s been here. 

Jesus didn’t live in a townhouse or recline on a couch from La-Z-Boy Furniture. But he knows what it’s like to be tempted to watch something that isn’t good to put in the mind.Jesus didn't have a cell phone. But he knows what it’s like to listen as family and friends share their challenges and joys. Jesus traveled with a group of apostles and disciples. But he knows what it’s like to be alone.

That’s why my Jesus is so wonderful.

I am his child, and he lives with me every minute of every day. 

He reminds me to change the channel: “Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect” (Romans 12:2). 

He gives me patience and love to be a good listener: “Remember this, my dear friends! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak …” (James 1:19). 

He invites me to come to him when I feel lonely: “But he would go away to lonely places, where he prayed” (Luke 5:16).

Thank you, Jesus, for understanding what it’s like to be a human being. You know my frailties, doubts, and fears. Yet, you still love me. You never give up on me. You continue to call me a child of God. That makes my salvation even more special and real. In your name, I come before you this day. Amen.

Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Do you need to draw closer to him? Today is the perfect day to discover or deepen your walk with Jesus. Go to PeaceWithGod.net and start today. 

Sometimes you have to look closely to see the surprises God has prepared for you!

Sometimes you have to look closely to see the surprises God has prepared for you!