Hey friends, how are you today? It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood today.  The sun is out, the birds are chirping, the squirrels have more than enough to eat and our Lord sits on the throne.  It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood today; good and perfect are the gifts the Lord gives us to enjoy.  

In Tuesday’s post, I told you I love my own company. One of my favorite pastimes, although I haven’t done it very often this year, because of the heat, is walking. I love to take walks on our local nature trails, each is unique in its offerings.  On some trails, you can admire the various birds and listen to their cacophony of cries.  Perhaps in the noise, you may be able to differentiate and identity the sound of a specific bird, some I can tell immediately, most I have no idea.  On other trails, there are the trees; on these walks I prefer company.  Perhaps it’s because of these television programs that always seem to inspire ‘death in the woods’.  Yep, on these walks, company is very, very good.  But I do love those walks too.

Almost on every trail is a lake, so the sounds of running water is nearly, always present.  Did I ever tell you; I can’t swim? Yes… I know, I’m from the Caribbean, our island is completely surrounded by water and I can’t swim. there are people like me, than you would believe.  Truthfully, I’ve never really been inclined to learn either.  I have this theory, it has not been proven yet, but… I loosely hold the view that children and those who can swim are the ones who drown.  Here’s my reasoning:  children are too young to understand the power of fear and swimmers always hold their skill to a loftier level than they should, so they takes chances.  Now those of us who can’t swim, we stay in the shallows and we stay safe.  

Beauty is God’s gift to us.  But at times, the beautiful scenes of nature can be difficult to appreciate, especially when our world has been turned upside down.  This year has thrown quite a few curveballs already and we’re only in July.  But nothing in this world and more specifically,  nothing in our lives, whether directly or indirectly takes our God by surprise.  He is the Master Maestro, the Considerate Conductor, the Outstanding Orchestrator of our lives.  He gives us ‘good and perfect gifts’, including the ‘gifts’ of trials, as difficult as it may seem.  Our God does and our God allows… He orchestrates the happenings of our lives; the good, the bad and the ugly.   He does it all, even those times, when we insist of doing it our way, He allows it all and puts the consequences into place.  

Believing and trusting in the One we can’t see, is difficult, but we believe and trust in things we can’t see,  all the time.  We believe in the wind; we believe in gravity. Our greatest struggle is trusting in the goodness of God, but the truth is, He can’t do any less, because He IS good. In this, our God will have the victory, when we intentionally surrender our will to our Supreme Savior.  Today we remember the good, we remember our blessings, we shine a light on the beauty, we remain thankful because only through these actions, will we acknowledge the fact that God is always good, all the time.  

Be an encourager: remember the time… share something, the Lord has done for you.

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