Just Over the Hill

As I walked out the doors of my night job the other night, I was startled by the sight of them.  They stopped dead in their tracks and I knew I had startled them, too.  Two deer stood at the edge of the parking lot just at the top of a slight hill.   They were watching my every move.  I stood holding my breath.   They were beautiful and awesome and frightening all at the same time.

And then, without a sound, a third deer popped up beside the first two.   My co-worker quietly whispered, “You know, there are probably 30 more just over that hill.”  I thought for a minute.  She was probably right.   There had to be more I couldn’t see from where I stood.

Yet again, God used something some might consider insignificant to get my attention.   Yet again, I am grateful beyond words for His sweet and subtle reminders.

You see, life is full of uncertainties.   I know that comes as a surprise to some of you (!) but it’s true!  Where will I be working next year?   Where will my spouse be working?  Where will the money come from next week?  When will this trail conclude?  When?  Where?  How?  And most importantly…why?   But there is so much we cannot see.   We cannot see from one minute to the next but praise the Lord…He can!  He holds in His hands not only our yesterdays and todays but because He is God, He also holds our tomorrows.

Just like the deer, I can only see what is right in front of me.   I couldn’t see how many of the majestic animals stood just over the hill, just like I have no idea what comes next in life.   But God sees it all and knows exactly what joy He will bring in the morning!

A song we sang at church on Sunday sums it up…”Today is the day You have made.   I will rejoice and be glad in it.  I won’t worry about tomorrow.   I’m trusting in what You say.  Today is the day!”

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