Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fullness of Joy

My last morning on Edisto Island yesterday was magical. A mama and baby dolphin were feeding at the dock I always walk to before heading on to my beach walk. It was the closest I have ever been to dolphins. They didn't seem to mind me or the other people that came over, all of us chatting and taking photos. They were there all morning. I circled back several times to say "hello."

As I meandered back to the hotel to check out and start home, I thought, "I would have liked to have seen the bald eagle one last time."  Not more than a minute or so later, guess what flew directly overhead?

One of my friends who saw the dolphin photo I posted said, "God appointed this creature - from the foundations of the world - to greet you this morning."  I LOVE that sentiment. What an astonishing, wondrous thought! God, creator of the universe, wanted little old ME to look upon the simple beauty of a mama and baby dolphin, and He even appointed this moment in eternity for my pleasure.

While I was on Edisto Island, I talked to many locals. It is how I learn about the wonders of places I visit. One fisherman told me he once saw a mama dolphin in the river pushing a dead baby dolphin all the way down the river until she reached the ocean. He had never seen anything like it, but others told him that mama dolphins do that if a baby dies in the estuary waterways!

"Is it her way of burying him?" I asked.
He shook his head. Who knows?

I thought immediately of where I would be on Monday. I would return after my week vacation to the sidewalks of Charlotte's busiest abortion center. My goal would be to share the love and hope of Christ and offer tangible help to the abortion-minded women. Sadly, I would watch dozens of mamas go in to that wretched place and return with their womb emptied of the child they'd conceived. Instead of an arduous, mournful journey to the sea to be buried by a grieving parent, that baby would be thrown in a bucket and incinerated as "medical waste."

I was up before the sun on my last morning there. I didn't want to miss a moment. So I sat on the porch and watched the sun rise. A strange brown and white patched deer was grazing on the golf course outside my deck. I had never seen a deer like that. Another divine appointment to fill my heart.


Psalm 16:11 

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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