Today's Lectionary Text
Psalm 65:8The whole earth is filled with awe at Your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, You call forth songs of joy.
While waiting outside with our granddaughter for the school bus, we were beside the dahlias, still holding onto both buds and blooms. Celeste bent down to smell them when she suddenly jumped backward and said “Surprise!” I asked what surprised her and she said, “A bug.” Looking down we saw the shell of a bug who had vacated its summer home.
A few seconds later as she tried to smell the flower again came, “Surprise!” This time it was an Asian Lady Beetle. Better leave that one alone; it bites, I warned. Celeste tried to smell the bloom one more time: “Surprise” and we both laughed as a grasshopper leaped away.
We ran out of surprises in time to catch the bus. I went back in the house and let the dog in. As I reached down to pet Barnabas, I saw one more “Surprise!” Clinging to the dog’s back was a dark colored fuzzy caterpillar, reminding me the seasons are changing.
I am so very thankful for the blessings of surprises. Sometimes they are not insects! They are beauty of creation, certain songs, or scriptures reminding us of God’s love, holiness and power; individuals who speak words to our aching, hungry hearts; gifts to bless us on trips; or compliments on a child’s sweet disposition, or sense of humor.
And sometimes it is in the awe-inspiring awareness that even though seasons change, bringing with it both beauty and challenges, there is One who never changes: the Lord God Almighty.
-- Sandy Ferguson
Keats Riley-Leonardville-Swede Creek UMCs
Prayer for Reflection
Let us be aware of the “surprises that brings you awe and joy” today and let’s praise the Lord for who our God is and always will be! Amen.
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