I wish I could have gotten a photo without scaring them off.
The cardinal pair: Her, pecking quietly at the seeds spilling from the bright yellow feeder. Him, standing guard from a slender branch just across the narrow strip of grass usually dominated by our German Shepherd. The wind blew and the branch shivered, but he stood at his post, eyes fixed on his mate.
Something about it captured my attention.
They only stayed for a few moments. I wanted to grab my camera but knew they would be gone by the time I got back to the window and if I dared to go outside they would surely fly away. So I stood quietly, framed by morning light and mesmerized by the simple beauty of a male guarding his mate.
She was so calm and content, not even glancing up at him. She was just doing what every living creature does every day…eating. Such a simple, normal thing.
Kind of like doing laundry. All the laundry that piles up in the hamper on a regular basis. The normal mundane of my day.
Or having coffee alone in the dining room before the kids awaken, sunlight streaming in the tall windows and silence filling the air until the clomp-clomp of bare feet interrupt the quiet and the morning busy begins.
He is there. Every moment of every day. Whether I notice him or not, God watches me…and you. Whether I am mopping floors or sipping tea…or struggling to settle my mind after a stressful day…He stands near, watching. Comforting in His calm, bringing peace to the very air I breathe if I will just stop and take it in. My Father, our Father, is a constant presence.
How does this realization affect us? How does it make you feel? What does it make you want to do…or not do? For me, it gives me peace, boundaries built by love. When I forget the presence of God I easily lose focus and struggle to make sense of interruptions, pain, and trials. But when I practice the presence of God, stopping to intentionally breathe in the Spirit-filled air and remember Who is always by my side, I find strength and purpose in the mundane or the struggle. I find safety under the watchful eye of my ever-present Guard.