Psalm 121:8 – The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and for evermore. (NIV)
I thought it was going to be just another Monday morning: the usual commute to church, trying to avoid the usual traffic jam, whilst listening to the usual radio program. Just another Monday — until I arrived at the church.
There, on a small patch of grass, next to the church parking lot, were six Canada geese, munching away at the greenery. Somehow, on their way back north, they had spotted something tasty on our overgrown lawn. As I slowly passed them at the entrance, they looked at me nonchalantly and then continued feeding. It was a wonderful sight to see in the midst of our busy city.
As a Scot, I appreciate the geese. In the Celtic church, the wild geese are a symbol of everlasting life. They always returned to the Scottish isles about the same time as Easter, so their annual migration was interpreted as a sign of God's promise to watch continually over our own coming and going, our own journey from life to death.
So, it wasn't just another morning. It turned out to be a day full of God's promises and a beautiful sign of things to come. Each day is an opportunity to be "surprised by joy", as C. S. Lewis once wrote. We have only to look around us and find signs of God's loving blessings to the world.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the gifts of creation that are all around us and for the many ways that we can see Your handiwork in them. Thank You for the signs of nature which profoundly affect our spirits, by reminding us of Your eternal promises. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.