Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A WALK TO REMEMBER

"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in." ~George Washington Carver

My husband and I went for a walk Sunday evening. That in itself is nothing unusual. But this walk was different. The evening sky, with its brilliant display of colors, was beckoning us outside. We put on our walking shoes and headed out the door. It had rained earlier in the day, and the remaining scattered clouds were bursting with orange and yellow hues as the sun descended behind our neighboring hillside. We were basking in the view when we felt the first drop...then another...and soon we found ourselves caught in the midst of a downpour. We took one look at each other and smiled. It was just too pretty to turn back. We kept going, getting soaked to the skin.  
On our way home, the rain stopped and we dried out quickly in the warm night air. We were just a few houses away from our own home when my husband grabbed my arm and pointed. A large coyote was passing by, focused intently on a cat standing frozen in a driveway just a few yards from where we stood. The coyote sensed our gaze and looked at us, then the cat, then back at us. My instinct was to try and chase it off, but my husband held me back. Slowly, resignedly, the coyote gave up and moved on, and the cat saw its opportunity and took off.
We stood there, amazed at the timing of it. Had we not been in that exact spot when the encounter took place between the two animals, we are sure the cat would have been snatched up. Our decision to keep walking in spite of the rain placed us in just the right place, at just the right time. An amazing sunset, a refreshing rainfall, and a cat's life is spared ~ it was a walk to remember.

"Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
in the shadow of your wings."
~Psalm 36:5-7
     
   

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