For me, walking is more than exercise. It’s one way I spend time with my dogs, fit in my love of photography, and because I’m a slow walker, taking steps is a pondering time.
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been fascinated by leaf landings.
I love fall and especially leaves, but this was more than that.
A few days ago, the dogs and I were walking and playing in the leaves, and I wondered again why I was so focused on leaf landings.
When I found this treasure, I thought God wanted me to see the hidden things I’d missed all summer.
And then, I thought He was confirming that when I found this:
I was certain these discoveries were part of the adventure, but not all of it because my excitement wasn’t settled – it was growing.
So, I kept walking and taking pictures and continued to ask, “God – what’s up with this?”
We were in the wildflower garden when I started to ponder some things about God. It started with: He knows the number of every hair on my head and on everyone’s.
Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:29b & 30 (NLT)
He knows everything about us and always has. (Psalm 139)
Standing there I knew God was illustrating that He knows.
It was an exciting moment for me. I raised my arms and opened them wide. Sophie and Tucker are used to these things happening, but my movement startled a small flock of juncos, who were resting in the garden after their migration, and they took flight. I was sort of sorry I’d disturbed them, but also delighted to know they were back. These sweet little birds come to Minnesota in the fall when so many others leave.
Plus, there was the immediate thought about God and sparrows. (Matthew 10) And that tie-in was so cool.
As we walked some more, God reminded me of other truths in His Word and I knew that the adventure was about more than hair, sparrows, and leaves.
It’s also about stars. Psalm 147:4 says that He placed every star in the heavens their names.
And our sorrows. Our tears matter to God. Every one of them.
Psalm 56:8 (NLT) says, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
And according to Hebrews 4:13a, nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.
He knows us. He knows everything. Even where every leaf lands in the whole world – which might seem like nothing much at all, but to me, these leaves holds great significance.
Until Next Time,