Last weekend while at beautiful Bear Lake, I found myself bustling around in my kitchen, making dinner for my family. I was feeling a little bit glum, I hate to admit. There were several issues weighing heavily on my mind. Nothing major, life changing or out of the ordinary. Just regular, day-to-day worries smoldering around, giving me grief. That’s the thing about worry and fear, you know. Once you let them hang around too long they build themselves up into A Big Pot of Trouble.
I looked out my kitchen window and noticed two hulking, brown masses rummaging around in my backyard.
Woah, man. I thought. Look who has shown up for dinner.
A beautiful creature from the wild.
One big Mama (or Daddy?) Moose and one young calf.
They were hungry…
They pawed around in my backyard for nearly an hour.
Chewing on leaves.
Nibbling on bushes.
Storing up for the coming winter.
All of my neighbors came out quietly to peek at them. People parked cars on the dirt road in front of my house and snuck to the backyard to take a few pictures and shoot a video or two. We were a horde of spellbound onlookers.
It was an amazing sight to behold. Very out of the ordinary.
Made my day, in fact. My Big Pot of Troublesome Worries sort of evaporated for the time being.
Must have been the gentle reminder that there is beautiful, amazing, life going on all around me, every second of every day.
I thought about this scripture in Luke 12:6-7…
“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. ”