I am usually an early riser. It doesn’t matter if it is the weekend or a day off, I love a good sunrise. My mantra has been, “the early bird gets the worm”. Plus, I love long days.
In the spring and summer I tend to play a little game in the morning called, “who will rise first”. This game is played with the neighborhood birds and me. I try to rise before the first bird rolls out of the nest and let’s out it’s first chirp of the day.
You may think this is a little strange, especially to all of the night-owls reading this post after noon when you roll out of bed. All I am doing is raising my awareness of the beautiful creation God has given us. In fact, as I sit here on this beautiful sunny Saturday morning, I do not hear any birds chirping. My little friends have started to head south for the winter.
I challenge you to sit in awareness today. Let me know what facet of God’s creation piques your awareness. Feel free to share in the comments section below.
Mark 1:35 (NIV)
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
As the sun warms the earth, on this beautiful summer day,
I become one with nature.
I am a spectator at a game of tag…two squirrels race around a tree, while two birds dart in and out of the trees above them.
The school of orange fish fellowship while nibbling on the unsuspecting bugs that land for a quick swim in the pond. Frogs croak contentedly as they sun themselves on the lily-pads nearby.
I have become a person of interest to a mob of tiny bees as I sit quietly on my blanket in the grass.
Birds call out to each other from tree to tree competing to see who can be the loudest.
The soft breeze energizes the leaves of the trees to serenade me with the sound of nature’s tambourines.
As the sun warms the earth, on this beautiful summer day, I realize how small I am as I become one with nature.
New International Version (NIV)
I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine.