What a great surprise today.
Being Wednesday we had a good day at Arby’s with a good lunch and good company. Great to see Vanessa with the twins for the second week in a row. Veronica and Danika are great fun. We always have a good time at Arby’s.
Tonight I had to go out – before I did I had to turn off the backyard sprinkler. When I walked out the back I nearly jumped out of my skin. Take a look at this short video and you will see what I mean. (You May wish to pause the music in the media play at the top leaft as this movie has sound as well…just click pause!)
I ran back to the house and grabbed my camera and got a few pictures. This was a special minute for me. I usually joke about rabbits and catching them out east etc. Many of you would have heard my wild joke at Easter with the children about eating Easter rabbit – which quickly became “Kevin ate THE Easter Bunny!” All the jokes aside I have to be serious for a moment and tell you that seeing those kits tonight was a special little piece of the Divine. C.S. Lewis wrote of his interaction with nature – “Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory a meaning for me. I still do not know where else I could have found one.”
It is so true. In a small moment with nature a person can find the meaning of glory. It really is a reminder that God and God’s world are intimately connected. I am always amused with commentary about the church and the world and the inferred clear separation between them. The assumption is God is found in the realm of church and not in the realm of “the world.” Some folks go so far as to describe things as “worldly.” Let me assure you that God has a whole lot to do with the world. Joseph Sittler a 20th century author and theologian out of Chicago described it best when he said: “God is not identified with the world, for He made it; but God is not separate from His world, either. For He made it.”
I encourage us all to take a moment, especially at this time of year with so much of nature budding around us, to look for the holy and the divine in God’s world. Take a minute and offer thanks and prayer for the earth. Perhaps this one;
“O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, even our brothers, the animals, to whom Thou gavest the earth as their home in common with us. …We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty so that the voice of the earth, which should have gone up to thee in song, has been a groan of pain. May we realize that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for Thee and that they love the sweetness of life.”
— St. Basil the Great