Bible Verse

Beg as loud as you can for good common sense. Proverbs 2:3

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ross Bridge

Earlier this year, my husband and I were spending a couple of days at Ross Bridge Resort in Birmingham, AL.  

One afternoon we were sitting in our room reading our Kindles.  My husband was listening to something on his, so he wore ear buds. I had a historical romance set in the 1500’s of Scotland.    

I was at a pivotal point in the story when I became aware of something vaguely sounding like bagpipes.  I looked at my husband, absorbed with his own project.  As I listened intently, it seemed to go away.  I went back to my book.

Just seconds later, I heard it again, this time a little louder.  I looked at my Scottish historical romance, then around the room.  Was I going nuts or what?   

Reluctantly I asked my husband if he could hear bagpipes.  He was annoyed at the interruption, but pulled the ear buds out and listened.  I knew I wasn’t the only nut in the room when his eyes widened and he looked toward the window. 

I raced to the balcony, leaned over the railing and looked down to my right. Sure enough, there was a man in a kilt playing the bagpipes!  We gleefully watched as he passed beneath us, the tassels on his knee socks gently swaying as he walked in rhythm to the age-old tune.

We learned later that the hotel is named after the ancient Celtic clan of Ross, whose descendants settled the area.  What better way to show the plaid than a bagpiper walking the grounds each afternoon?  And what better way to add a wonderfully surprising authenticity to my afternoon reading?



Monday, September 17, 2012

The Hummingbird

My husband gave me a gift today.  He showed me something he knew would be fun for me to see:  a hummingbird sitting on a wire just outside the bathroom window.

It was a tiny little thing, perched there in perfect balance as the wire moved gently in the breeze under our patio roof.  He looked very satisfied with himself as he sat there, glancing around a little lazily (for a hummingbird, anyway). 

When I think of a hummingbird, the picture in my mind is not the one I just described.  It’s one that involves a lot of swooping and hovering and flashing that red throat at the ladies.  As a child, I believed that hummingbirds never rested, but continuously hovered -- even in sleep.

I remember being relieved when told that hummingbirds perch in the trees like other birds.  I remember thinking what a sad life it would be to never stop moving, no matter how graceful and beautiful it looked to the world.

We all have to rest a little now and then. 

My little hummingbird friend didn’t stay very long.  He was soon on his way to defend his territory once again with his swooping dances and high-pitched chatter.

As I watched him go, I thought of God’s desire to give all of his creation rest.  I can’t think of anything that doesn't, even plants and soil rest during their seasons.  It’s part of God’s original design.  Somehow, as He was speaking every living thing into existence, He wove this need into the pattern.
After all, who hasn’t been grateful to read “Come to me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest”? (Matthew 11:28)  I don’t think Jesus was talking only of physical weight. 

The hummingbird needed rest for his body, and God provided it.  But God also provides rest for any kind of weariness, whether physical, mental or spiritual. 

Whether we fit into a chair or onto a wire, receiving God’s rest is always the perfect thing to do. So sit and rest a spell, it's part of God's plan.

Photos by Cindy West McGregor