Acrylic on canvas
As I walked around the park there was the occasional runner, or dog walker, but mostly it was the homeless hanging out and birds. Swans, ducks, geese, herons, pigeons…all very used to people, not giving up an inch of ground. We are experiencing a bit of a drought and the water level is low. There has been a burn ban in place and fires needing to be contained throughout the state.
No one has the power to make it rain—God alone provides or withholds. Fires can be scary, overwhelming and immensely destructive. Like the rain, fire can be a reminder that there is so much that is beyond our control. So how should we respond? Hide out, stockpile, let worry consume, or perhaps stand our ground. What gives one the courage needed to stand your ground? For me it’s not that I am particularly strong, but I want to live my life trusting that God’s promises are true. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 NLT
This doesn’t mean that fires won’t come, or that we’ll never experience loss, but rather God is in the midst, and can help rebuild. And sometimes I think when challenges come they help better define what’s really important.
So I appreciate that this heron stood his ground, unconcerned that I was a few feet behind him. Normally birds are not so calm, but one who has lived in an environment where there are perceived dangers regularly learns to distinguish what’s worth getting one’s feathers ruffled over and when one can rest and be still.