Happy new year! I pray that you have already resolved to know God more, to love Him deeper, and to be in the Word more consistently this year than ever before! May He truly be the focus and desire of my heart.
My year began with an opportunity to sleep in – what joy. Then the girl and I went to the ZOO! According to Sara, she had never ever been to the zoo! (of course, she had – but she said she didn’t remember). Interestingly, in a city like ours, if there is a holiday, or a “free day”, apparently others have the same idea! There were MANY folks out at the zoo! The first hurdle was finding a parking spot – it took about 30 minutes. we almost gave up, then the spot came through for us. Our walk to the entrance was also interesting……construction is going on, so we had to walk through these walkways to get to the entrance.
I actually cried walking to the zoo. I know. Sara couldn’t believe it – “are you CRYING?” I probably shouldn’t even tell you that, but it was such a profound moment. As we passed groups of people leaving the zoo, this little boy, following his family shouts out, real sweetly, “thanks, mom, for bringing me!” Such a precious moment – I was truly brought to tears. I know – what a crazy thing – but at that moment, I think I was feeling a combination of things – I was really just missing bringing my small kids to the zoo. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED being there with my girl- but the years of taking the little ones are over for me, and I missed it in that moment. I was also overwhelmingly struck with his heart of thankfulness. His expression of gratitude. I want that. I want a heart of gratitude. And a mouth that expresses it.
By the time we got to the zoo, we were so excited. ( I had recovered from my earlier tears) It was as if we were kids! (Not to mention, the joy of walking in the zoo for FREE!) We practically ran from place to place, eager to see all the sights. As we saw all the varieties of animals, reptiles, etc, I was amazed all over again at God’s creativeness. His details. Oh, the joy He must have had in creating the zebra! the giraffe! Though each exhibit was very crowded, we loved it all.
What a joyful way to start the year. In awe of our God and His creation. I pray the same for you, as we begin this 2009. May He sweep you off your feet with His lavish love!
“And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:20-25
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