For the Joy

When I went for my walk on Sunday, I knew Spring was finally here–I wore only one of my usual three warm, woolen items.  The hat and gloves were back at home in the hall closet.
All I required was my light scarf, (and down vest) both of which were also discarded–hand-carried on the last leg of my 30 minute constitutional.

I was greeted by two amusing sights along the way–two ducks who’d taken to an impromptu ‘pond’ behind one of the homes in our neighborhood.  Seems there’s an underwater spring in the open swath of water company pathway that I was walking. 

We’ve had SO MUCH rain…even for Seattle, that the water table bubbled up right through the ground–the two waterfowl were bobbing and paddling about in a mere 6 inches of water.

there’s a small dark brown/light brown duck on the left, a mallard on the right….

What other clues were there testifying a new season was upon us?  The bird song chirruping through the trees, echoes bouncing from side to side of the grassy way–a shrill ‘tseee, tseee, tseee’ calling joyfully, then the ‘chick a dee dee dee’ of the chickadee as it swooped overhead. 

Bullfrogs (oh, the joy!) bur-burped bur-burped in the bog behind the fence. 
There’s just something that gets the happy going in me when I hear a bullfrog.
And more birdsong–the trilling of a robin, the ‘sqw–aaack’ of a red tailed flicker. 

All creation telling me–there is joy ahead.
As I passed this tree–variegated, speckle-petaled glitter of white–the phrase ‘a cloud of witnesses’ came to mind. 

Hebrews 12:1,2
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything (like hats and gloves and scarves and vests)
that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,
and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before him endured the cross…”

This cloud/crowd of nature witnesses (testifies) to the coming season–warm, longer days, more time outdoors, pleasant outside hours are on their way.

And there is joy in our future, encouraged by an invisible group of friends who’ve walked this faith path before us–persevering, enduring, moving in God’s strength. 

We are sometimes walking, sometimes carried, sometimes running.

I just want to keep moving.

I want to remember to keep throwing off those layers and keep my eyes fixed on Jesus.
For the joy…………

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4 thoughts on “For the Joy

  1. Caryjo–so nice of you to stop by. Yes, all these climate changes remind us Who is in charge.
    the weather is here in the Northwest is lightening up and warming up a little more each day–I'm hungry for Spring!

    I look forward to visiting your 'space' soon.
    God bless you.

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  2. Interesting how our weather is changing around and it's keeping us focused on the Lord. My sisters in Tacoma and northern Oregon are talking about the cold and other extremes… and, here in Omaha, we are warmer this time of year than ever in history… so to wonder what's going on, what you said is so true… my goal: Keep moving. [Always “doing” and serving.] Love it when I'm visiting the Sea-Tac, Portland/Astoria areas for family and the mountains and the Sound and ocean. Just typing this makes my heart hungry for my “homeland.”

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