Today I fly out to see my folks in NY for a few days! I will be without my kayak, and knowing I would miss it, I dashed out for a quick run on the river yesterday. I stayed in the shade of the trees overhanging the bank. It was still morning, and there was a cool breeze wafting over the dark shadows of the waters lapping near the bank. I was enjoying the cool darkness, when suddenly, a large white bird materialized in front of me. I had chanced upon a white heron fishing for his breakfast! I hadn't seen a white heron on the Catawba before. It was as large as the Great Blue Herons there. No one else was on the river yet, and so the white heron was not expecting visitors. I glided quite close to him before he finally edged off the log and wandered slowly away.
What an unexpected and beautiful wonder! Sometimes, when you least expect it, out of the gloom and shadows emerges something breathtakingly beautiful. The contrast was startling, and magnificent. Perhaps that is why sometimes God brings shadowy darkness to our life. It certainly makes us take notice of the light!
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. (John 1:5, 7, 9 BOOKS)
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