Earlier this week, I took a break between different passages of my work. Bundling up to venture into the cold of what remained of winter, I walked for blocks not far from home. My mittened hands were pocketed while breathing in piercing cold air of wonder. Walking through woods of barren trees and trickled frozen streams, I prayed to God for guidance. New forks in the road presented themselves. That’s what life is all about…
There in the crunchy snow were sets of deer tracks, two by two, side by side. I followed them. Curious, I wasn’t sure where they would lead. Would I catch a glimpse of awe ahead of me? A doe with her young nestled closely by her side for warmth, or a buck guarding his family amidst the confines of his openness? The deer tracks made me think of life, I guess. Oddly, they came to no end, yet somewhere God’s creatures were hidden within.
Upon returning home, I stretched upon my bed with a tablet upon my lap. There, I was able to view our little forest land from a large bay window while tapping keys and moving a mouse. It’s important to see the outdoors to energize me. The sun shined through window blinds, leaving patterned shadows of cabbage roses against the walls.
After a moment or two, I looked up from my laptop to glance outdoors. Snowflakes fell full and fast down from the sunlit sky of blue. Such a beautiful sight! It was as if God was sifting powdered sugar over one of my grandmother’s sweetened cakes from long ago. At that second, I couldn’t believe it, but it was true! Not one, or two nor three or four, but even more. A whole herd in fact gently bounded past my view. A tall, strong buck seemed to lead the way, five points or more. Together, they danced and pranced proudly, maneuvering through the path of woods until they were beyond my sight, past the window panes.
It’s about twenty degrees today, but I dare not complain. The sun lights a Delft blue sky, leaving snow, the color of marshmallow cream upon the ground. Deer tracks can be seen near my patio. Messages from God to be thankful. Hints of the future, of what may come to be for me.
*edited and reposted from 2/11/14/pictures courtesy of Google Chrome