An autumn-like chill is in the air, thick muted bluish-white clouds blanket the sky obscuring the warmth of the sun’s rays, yet the hummingbirds merrily flit from blossom to feeder enjoying sweet nectar, finches excitedly peck at kernels and nuts, chipmunks chatter and scurry through the hedgerow as trees give a round of applause in the light breeze.
Every Spring morning before planting season, a pair of Canadian Geese drop in at the neighbor’s field for breakfast, and this morning is no different. On this crisp overcast morning, you can hear these waterfowl mates softly cackle and honk to each other while leisurely munching the lush green vegetation. As we stroll along the driveway, Rain does not notice them. As usual, he is too busy snorting his way through tantalizing scents wafting from the hedgerow separating us from the webbed-footed creatures. However, Poppa Goose notices Rain. With a few a-hinks and a-honks sounding like barks, he begins to waddle a path between Momma Goose and us. A-hink! What are you thinking Poppa? A-honk! Are you envious of Rain happily frolicking through the brush with Mother of Master, much like Martha’s feelings toward Mary? (Luke 10:38-42) A-hink! Or, are you reminding yourself to remain alert to the dangers around your lifetime mate lest you fall into a trap? (Ephesians 5:15, 1 Peter 5:8-9) Hmmm… can you enjoy frolicking with the one you love yet at the same time remain vigilant?