The Little Burr

October 17, 2015
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Proverbs 18:24b – There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (NIV)

Despite delays in waiting for medical procedures, my legs have recovered sufficiently that I feel strong enough to walk down The Trail again. As I write, it is the first day of fall, and absolutely gorgeous!

The sights! The sounds! The smells! The feeling of the warm sun, combined with the cool breeze, absolutely thrills my soul.

Sparky, my dog, is elated as he runs from one exciting scent to another.

How great is our God Who bestows such beauty on our earth for everyone to enjoy at absolutely no cost.

The blue jays call raucously to one another, and the geese honk happily in preparation for their flight south. Squirrels and chipmunks race about, gathering and storing up food in preparation for the coming winter.

The milkweed pods are nearly bursting as they await the exact timing to release hundreds of fuzzy seeds into the air. I notice that I have picked up some prickly hitchhikers and begin to pull them off my pants and toss them into the grass. Here they will dig in and begin some new plants.

I feel Sparky nudge up against my leg as he curiously watches my strange actions. That brings a smile to my face as I think how much he is like one of these burrs, always sticking as closely as possible to me.

That thought reminds me of today's verse from the book of Proverbs that speaks of the One Who sticks closer than a brother. That One is our Lord, "Immanuel … God with us" (Matthew 1:23 NIV).

I stop what I am doing, and as I look up at the brilliant, blue sky and fluffy, white clouds, I thank my wonderful Lord for reminding me, once again, of this vital truth in such a beautiful way.

I reach out and hug my curious little dog, and then, I pat him and say, "C'mon, Little Burr. Time to go home."

Prayer: Thank You, Father, that You are the God of the small things as well as the large things. You give us such pleasure in the everyday sights and sounds of Your creation, as well as the constant assurance of Your never-ending presence. May we never take these blessings for granted. Amen.

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Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Beautiful words Sharon.

    Beautiful Sharon! Thank you.

    Love your post. I also asked God to bless you. Thanks.

    God Bless you. Glad to hear you are feeling well now. Enjoy your meditations.

    Enjoyed your words.

    Wonderful thoughts Sharon. Amen to your prayer!

    Thanks for this reminder drawn from your daily life. Sparky must be such a good companion. Blessings.

    Dear Sharon,
    Thanks for your fine devotional summed-up with your wonderful prayer.

    Sharon – I thoroughly enjoyed taking a walk with you and Sparky this Fall.
    Thanks for blessing me today with the reminder of how close the Lord sticks to us.

    Thanks for the ‘walk’… Not exactly how it is in CA, but a good reminder of my days in Michigan.

    What a wonderful descriptive account of the autumn, and the great privilege of being free to experience once again this perfectly beautiful time of the year. Actually, all seasons are like this in that the beauty of nature is such a spirit lifter (except, of course, when it’s destructive!). Thank you for lifting my heart up unto the Lord. God bless.

    Hi Sharon,
    Enjoyed reading your devotional today.
    The beauty of nature comes more alive when Christ is in us. That’s for sure.
    Thanks for sharing your experience.
    Be blessed and I pray God keeps you healthy.

    Thank you for another of your beautiful meditations. I shared your walk with you this morning and was so blessed and grateful that you share your gift. I lived several years in the mountains of northern California and as a teenager took my little brother for walks enjoying the endless mystery of God’s creation. I’m in my mid-eighties now but always enjoy short walks in areas around my home that have been left wild.
    God Bless you richly and keep writing!

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