I remember with great fondness lying in bed at night as a child while my mom read the stories of James Harriot, the famous English veterinarian. “All Creatures Great and Small” was the first of his many books that captured my heart and developed in me a great love for animals. My mom and I laughed together and cried together as we experienced the adventures of all God’s creatures.
A few years ago, I heard about a lady who, before walking outside every day, says, “OK, God, just bless me with something!” I’ve prayed this short prayer many times before runs and bikes in the great outdoors. I’ve seen deer, baby raccoons, herons, a mother duck with ducklings, and even a turkey that almost knocked me off my bike.
Today, Lynne and I headed out for an 11 mile run in the country close to Greenville. I forgot to ask God to bless me, but He did anyway!!! About 6 miles into our run, Lynne needed to stop and lean against a mail box to get some stones out of her shoe. We didn’t realize that we were very close to a wren’s next until she jumped down on a branch next to us and started squawking at the top of her lungs. Wow, can that little bird make a huge noise!!! She was fearlessly protecting her little ones and it delighted my soul!
Only a few miles later, we spotted one of God’s GREAT creatures- a bald eagle! We first saw the nest high in the tree with two young ones, heads not white yet, standing on the edge. Then we saw the mom or dad in a nearby tree peering down into a little lake, hoping to find some yummy lunch. It was breathtaking to say the least! From the smallest of little birds, to the great eagle, both were doing what they were meant to do, taking care of their young.
All of my long runs with Lynne are fun. We’re both training for a marathon in September, so we’re on the same schedule of a long run ( that gets longer and longer) each week. But today, was especially delightful!!! 11 miles of lovely company, great conversation, and two creatures, great and small.