I am blessed to be living in a city rich in history, beautiful parks and gardens and lots of places to walk. Since one of my favorite things to do is walk and explore God’s beauty, I am blessed.
While walking I have discovered many hidden treasures, which seem to appear just for me – from albino squirrels to white swans to deer standing so close you can reach out and touch them. I am never disappointed on these walks and this particular day was no exception as God’s grace was displayed through one family of deer.
As I rounded the bend on my walk, not more than three feet away, one family of deer grazed slightly hidden among the trees and tall grasses. The deer paused mid-meal to gaze squarely into my eyes. Their eyes followed me as they continued to finish their meal. I almost passed them by but God whispered loudly causing me to stop mid-step, snap a picture and listen.
Walking with God prepares me both physically and spiritually for a chance to be God’s student and absorb life lessons that fill deep holes in my soul. Pausing to let the lessons wash over me deepens my relationship with God while providing an overflow that should be shared to encourage and enrich others.
God’s words spoke clearly on this day giving me a reason to stop my walk and turn back to study the deer more closely. His words rang out-“I will provide”. God continued to whisper “You see, my child, how the deer do not lack for anything. Their home is filled with my goodness- food to eat, a place to live and family to sustain them. Your home is also a haven and the blessings of your family and friends are your provisions. I will never leaving you wanting. I am always with you, waiting for your call, always loving and always ready to forgive and extend grace.”
These deer knew exactly what they were doing. They trusted their instincts that food would be available amongst the grove of trees and grasses. The deer didn’t let one human interrupt their meal. They remained focused. The deer thirsted and God provided. We also thirst and we are hungry for relationships, love, knowledge and the list goes on. Let the lesson of two does and their babies be a reminder today that our thirst can also be satisfied through God.
Let’s meet God right there in the good and bad of our day. Let God be the beginning and end and everything in between. We have a deep thirst and God is the only provision we need.
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Such a beautiful post, Mary! I especially enjoyed, “Let’s meet God right there in the good and bad of our day.” Yes! Thank you for that. God will provide. I needed your words today! Blessings!
Thank you for allowing me to share my words with you. This community is such a blessing to me and the wisdom that is in every blog is amazing.You bless me with your presence. Hugs, my friend!
So beautiful, Mary! Your words and the photo of this mama and baby deer. I love the metaphor you’ve drawn from this chance encounter. I, too, want to remain focused on the Lord and let no man or woman deter me from that pursuit! Hugs to you!
Thank you Beth-your words mean so much to me. Focus is a key word for me and somedays I am better at maintaining my gaze on Jesus than others. So glad you popped over and I love being able to connect with you. Hugs right back to you!
God…in the good, bad and everything in between. Sometimes especially the in-between when life is neither up nor down but just is. Thanks for a great reminder. Walking with you with Him from here in the Hudson Valley, Mary. 🙂
Thanks for walking with me even if from afar. God is a God of reminders and I love how He sends these love messages to us. Have a beautiful weekend, Sheila!
I love what God reveals to me on my walks. I miss those walks when the temperatures get colder. Thanks for sharing what He revealed to you with us. Much love. xoxo
I am hoping that my walks will continue even when the weather outside is frightful!!! That one on one time outside with God and His beauty is restorative to me. Hugs to you as you wait patiently for all the new that God has coming your way.
Cool, Mary! Don’t you love it when God gives us an up close glimpse of His creation? Last week I caught the travels of a mother racoon and 4 babies as they scooted across the road. It just made my day!
I hope your week is going super well as you transition back to school …
I would love to hear your story about the raccoon family! I hope that your time away was restoring and I’m looking forward to heading to your place for your encouragement and words of wisdom.
I think this may be one of the toughest, yet most comforting, lines of scripture for me. It’s so hard to let go of that feeling that I have to provide, I have to do the hard work to make it all happen. Yet, so comforting to know I don’t have to – that God is there and cares enough for us to provide. Beautiful photo of the deer! What a treat to see on your walk!
I am right there with you, Kathryn! I have always been the one to take care of things and to be strong. Letting go and letting God be in charge is not any easy thing for me. I love that He stays by our side even when we try to push Him aside. I love that you stopped by and joined in the conversation. Blessings!
Mary, I so loved looking at the meme which contained the Scripture. It was the question which hit me deeply …. “When can I go and stand before Him?” This morning I found myself so grateful that I can go to Him, day or night. Any time at all. Whenever my soul pants or thirsts, I can go before Him. Thank you for sharing this verse this morning as it blessed me deeply!
God’s Words are so healing, encouraging and soothing. One question or one verse can speak volumes if we just keep our hearts open and accepting. I love that our God is available 24/7 because I have definitely taken advantage of this many times. Blessings for a beautiful week, Joanne!