I was coming home late and as I pulled into the driveway I saw a 5 in wide tarantula scurry across my driveway. EEWWW!!! I was very happy that they are nocturnal and I never see them during the day. It is bad enough knowing they are there, I need to remember to be happy they aren’t running around in the daylight. It was the perfect analogy for my life struggles. As much as I had been complaining about the trials I had been going through, there are worse things out there that I have been protected from and have not had to deal with.
We have had a lot of rain this last month. A lot of rain for our area anyway, and with that has come multiple flash flood warnings, and many flash floods in our town. Mostly it is just large amounts of water that wash through the waterways, overflow them and pull large quantities of topsoil downhill with it. We have had some basements flooded, some driveways washed away, and many streets and parking lots under several inches of mud. I am very grateful that despite flooding to both the east and west of us that we have been unaffected.
We took a quick trip down to Las Vegas this last weekend. On the way there we got a call telling us to be careful because there was a severe thunderstorm in progress, and if we hit the thunderstorm we needed to pull off the road. I checked the internet, and yes, a severe storm was in progress, with multiple flash floods in effect. They were set to expire about the time we rolled into town, so we went anyway – and had no problems. We could see the lightning from the storm most of the way, but all it did was provide some entertainment.
On the way home the next day, we were driving north, and apparently the storm had made its way that direction as well. As we approached the narrow pass through the mountains we realized that we had caught up with the cell, and just off to our right we could see the cloud just dumping a ton of water to the ground. We began to worry that we would be caught in the narrow, winding roads just when the rain hit and flash flood conditions while we were in the river valley. Fortunately, although we could see that portion just beside us, the bulk of the storm passed just to the east of the pass and we got a total of about 10 drops of water! Phew. We arrived home to see that the majority of the storm had reached home before us. We had a wet lawn, a blown down fence, a minor mudslide that took out our dutch oven pit, and the power had gone out, but at least we were not caught in the canyon with that type of downpour!
We had some odd weather yesterday. A short thunderstorm rolled through, heavy, but small. Parts of the sky had thunderclouds, parts were clear. We would hear thunder, then not get rain. Across the street would. Here’s the cool thing. Driving around we saw multiple rainbows. Not multiple layers of a rainbow – one on our right, then ten minutes later a small one behind us, etc. Interesting effect. It was like parts of rainbows were jumping through the clouds.
I have always thought rainbows were one of the most beautiful gifts to us, and I never cease to wonder at the variety and diversity of options found in nature.
I’m not sure we really understand growth on any level, so that is why it is my miracle for today. I watch my “baby” outgrow his clothes, and learn to read, and get along with others, and I stand in awe. I’ve not heard a really good, scientific explanation of how our body knows how to grow where, and how fast. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, we all grow and develop constantly. How do we do this? We understand it is a part of life, everything around us grows – it is a sign of life itself, yet we can not control it or create it. When we plant something we can provide the conditions for growth, but then the best we can do is stand back and watch.
Yesterday my six year old spent several hours crying due to growing pains. She also went through pain as she lost a baby tooth, allowing for her larger, adult tooth to come in properly. As I watch growth around me, I can learn that growth of all types involves pain, stretching, and a better result at the end. Couldn’t growth be categorized as God directing our paths to something larger and better than before?
I was talking with some friends last night, and they were telling me about a honeybee problem. I guess we have fewer and fewer honeybees around. If all the honeybees leave, who is left to pollinate all of our trees and flowers and food? (Not that all of them are gone.) Still, it is too easy to overlook that something as simple as a honeybee has such a dramatic impact on our environment. The discussion also migrated to how the allergies are worse and worse because of the imbalance of male and female trees. Balance is also crucial to an ideal environment. To me this testifies of a Divine Design. Even if there were a purely scientific explanation that made sense about how we were created, our incredible balance of life has no explanation as to how balance evolves. Everything works together too beautifully.
It’s raining here. Usually we just get a drop or two, but right now it is pouring. Saw the coolest sight on the way home this morning. Big, gray, heavy clouds covered the entire sky, except for one little spot above my home. I couldn’t find my camera before it went away, but right above me was a spot of clear blue sky. Silver lined storm clouds opened up just enough to see all the way up to the clearest blue sky.
Looking for miracles, my thought was this. We know that God is an unchanging God. Yet some days we look at life and all we see are storm clouds and we think to ourselves, that’s not the God I expect. Just because there are storm clouds, thunder, lightening, and rain, doesn’t mean that just above them we don’t have the same, unchanging, constant blue sky. I think pilots see this phenomenon all the time, but it was fun to see a tiny piece of blue above my home today.
Who has a place where they just always feel calm and happy? Where is it? I have a friend who is always calm and happy under a tree- any tree. I have a “new” and unexpected place. Sitting in my yard, watching my chickens. Even just feeding them and watching brings an intense calm. I think it is because they live a simpler, unassuming, unstressed life that is full of food, friends, and knowing they will be taken care of. We got 3 new hens this week. There is a little bit of stress and work involved in integrating them to our current flock, but we are so happy to have more “friends” living outside. Where is your peaceful place?
The Virgin River Narrows (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Zion National Park (Photo credit: Markusnl)
Collared lizard in Zion National Park, Utah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today my daughter is going on a field trip to Zion National Park, in southern Utah. It is a spectacular and beautiful place to visit. Very peaceful and full of nature.
There is so much to see, and there is something for everyone. One person may visit Zions and see a bird haven. Another may see simply a desert. Yet another may want to analyze the geology of the area. Any way you enjoy the view, stop and give thanks to God for the sheer beauty and wonder of it all. For me, there is almost too much to learn in a beautiful place like this.
Here are some fun links to the official site. Anyone who is homeschooling, or even if you just have time on the weekend to spend with your family, they now have virtual tours, e-hikes, and live webcams. Even though we live relatively close, I think we will still enjoy some of the more exotic reaches of the park virtually! Amazing multimedia for an amazing piece of land.
We have had a lot of extra rain this month, and with that somewhat lower temperatures. A fun side effect is that my lilac bush bloomed again yesterday! No big deal for most places, but we are so hot and dry here that it usually can only bloom for 1 week in the spring. I have NEVER seen it bloom in the fall. I love lilacs. My 6 year old thinks that the really amazing part is that it bloomed in our yard. (I have 2 black thumbs.) Anyhow, I’m enjoying it.