Original Writing: Sunday 10/21/2012:
There's something different about today...a beautiful autumn day...The Lord's Day ~
"This is the day the Lord has made...we WILL rejoice and be glad in it!"....Psalm 118:24
I thought I could hide away here and write and take pictures of the birds...but someone discovered me and took MY picture instead! (Thanks, John!)
I did manage to get a few telephoto pics of a Flycatcher taking a momentary rest from his labors:
My laptop decided to go into hibernation so I had to come inside to finish this...and now my desktop is acting very lethargic, and I have reverted back to the laptop, which had to be connected and brought back out of hibernation. Which reminds me...they say our bears are getting ready to go into hibernation for the winter soon...yes, even here in Florida. I wonder where they go to hide away from it all? I guess they have their own secret "woodsy alcoves" where they can retreat and stay out of the watchful eyes of the world while they rest and recuperate from their active breeding and feeding season.
The Lord gave His creation the Sabbath as a day of rest...a day set apart to "hibernate" away from the cares of the world and rest.
"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made." Genesis 2:2-3
So, that is what is different about today...it is the Lord's Day, His Sabbath...a day to rest from our labors and honor and worship Him. It was good to be in the House of the Lord this morning...and it is also good to find a place to "hibernate" away and do what brings rest to your body and soul and mind for a spell. For me, a hidden quiet place nestled on the edge of the woods (no worries...always in view of the house in case a bear seeking his hiding place should suddenly appear)...a sanctuary in which to read, write, or just sit and observe nature and be at peace. Helps to calm the spirit and repair the frazzled nerves before the return to work on the morrow.
"The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him." Psalm 28:7
I hope that you have found a place of quiet rest somewhere today. You may not have the woods, but perhaps you live near the sea, or a park, or maybe for you it is a quiet nook in your home away from the television and noise of the "crowds"...maybe even your own bedroom. Wherever it is, take time to "hibernate" for a little while and give your body, mind and spirit a chance to recharge and recuperate. It is a God-ordained plan...it's good for you. God said so.
"Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good..." Genesis 1:31So, don't feel guilty when you take that Sunday afternoon nap, or walk, or just sit and do absolutely nothing for a while. It's OK!