What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Sunday Thoughts from Still Waters Pond

Psalm 121:7-8
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm— 
 he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Comforting words from God's Word today...and how does that have anything to do with that goose?
Well...that male Canada Goose is performing his duty in the care and protection of his mate much like Psalm 121:7-8 says that God watches over His precious children...although of course God's care is perfect in every way, and He never slumbers nor leaves His post, whereas the goose may occasionally wander off or take a little nap...

Remember when I told you about a lot of goose activity HERE a couple of months ago?   Well, since then, things kind of calmed down and the larger group of geese sort of went on their way once the Sand Hill Cranes were actively nesting and then having their babies out in the middle of Still Waters Pond.   Although the geese continued to stop by and harass the cranes and honk at them until the cranes would flap their wings at them and send them away...it's been quite a circus out there.  

Then it seemed that just two geese were hanging around most of the time, and spending more and more time near the island and also standing out beside our street greeting people along the road like they were our mascots or something.

However, we have been noticing this lone Canada Goose coming and going by himself lately, oftentimes just standing in the yard along the shore of Still Waters Pond for a while, and then swimming off around in the little canal that goes around the island in the pond.  Today I got to thinking about that and wondering why he was suddenly alone so much, when mostly we would see him with another goose swimming around or standing in the yard together.  

Then a little light bulb popped on over my head...could it be that his lady love is sitting on a nest, and that is why he is out there alone?  So I grabbed my camera and took a little walk down through the woodsy path that leads to the area where I can observe the other end of the island, and sure enough, there was our goose, standing guard all alone in the water out beside that part of the island.  Although I could not see the other goose or her nest, I feel quite certain that she is over there sitting on a nest and this is her mate, standing guard. He reminded me of the guards at Buckingham Palace (although I've never been there in person).  They never look to the left or the right, but just stare straight ahead. They do not acknowledge your presence, but stand perfectly still and ready to protect the palace no matter what.  

That is exactly what this goose was doing. I know he had to have heard me crunching on the dry leaves and tromping through the bushes that lead down to the shore.  There's no doubt he could see me in his peripheral vision, but he stood there perfectly straight, never wavering in his position.  (However, if I came much closer or he thought me to be a threat...he would definitely have charged after me to scare me away. I wasn't about to put him to the test!)

I couldn't remember exactly what year/month it was that our last little batch of baby goslings made their appearance here on Still Waters Pond, so I looked up the post I wrote about it HERE, and sure enough it was around April 26, 2021 that they made their first appearance!  That leads me to believe that if this couple is on that same kind of schedule, we could be seeing new baby geese any time now! I'm also wondering if this is that same couple...it could well be, as they do tend to go back to the same nesting site or general area as before!

So we could be in for another exciting event here on Still Waters Pond any time now!  I thought you'd want to know this great news...so stay tuned for further developments!

Here's some further links to information about the gestation period of Canada Geese and their life habits.

Hope you have had a wonderful SONday!  Just in case you want to sing along with our choir as we sing "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms", here it is for you. And if you wish, you can stay for the sermon, from I Corinthians 1:26-31, "Celebrating Celebrities versus Being Useful to God".  

1 What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
leaning on the everlasting arms;
what a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning,
safe and secure from all alarms;
leaning, leaning,
leaning on the everlasting arms.

2 O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
leaning on the everlasting arms. [Refrain]

3 What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
leaning on the everlasting arms. [Refrain]

Deuteronomy 33:12 says:
“The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him,
Who shelters him all the day long;
And he shall dwell between His shoulders.”

Amen! and Good night Friends!


  1. Love that Scripture. So comforting to know Jesus has a hold on me all the time. I need him so much.
    There's a lot of Canada Geese here right now. They're messy but fun to listen to. We even have a Bald Eagle or two near by. Bird watching is so much fun. It's one of my favorite entertainments.

  2. I didn't read that song, I sang it in my head! Such a great song. Quite a story about those geese, and I bet you're right about the nest. That's so exciting!

  3. Oh I enjoy all the birds and this is definitely their time of year! Love is in the air.
    We have this huge redwood tree in a neighbors yard at the top of the hill. For years, there was a nest of ospreys and we would enjoy watching them from our yard every morning. Sadly, no more. They’re not there. Maybe they died or moved on. Needless to say we are really missing them.
    We really get attached to the birds that visit.
    It sure would be a treat if you’re right and a new family of geese will be arriving soon. It would hurt my heart to think he is alone or that his mate passed on. 🥲

  4. one of my favorite hymns, daddy was a tenor, I was alto, and I sang in a choir like this one from the time I was 15 to 38 years old. same size, same sound, same song and I took sung it from my head. happy to hear there will be new 'babies'

  5. I think if I lived where you do, I'd never get anything done, but sitting & watching the wildlife there. Love that old hymn and you look so happy as you are singing. I hope you have a wonderful week.

  6. Thanks for the video. Loved it all! Possible more bird babies. The suspense! Cranes, bluebirds, geese. You live in paradise my friend.

  7. There is never a dull moment at Still Waters Pond, that's for sure! And this hymn you included here is one I haven't heard in a while, but oddly, at one moment yesterday, the lyrics and sentiments of leaning on the everlasting arms of the Lord popped into my mind. How great is our God!!!
    Looking forward to more news on the Canada geese, Pamela.

  8. The birds -- all wildlife, actually -- I think exhibit as much scripture as (some) ministers' sermons! I love the way in which you translate on our behalf ... and choose such fitting musical accompaniments. That's one of my all-time favorite hymns!

  9. It's so amazing to watch God's creation as they work together to bear and raise their young! I like your analogy to the guards at Buckingham Palace too! Hopefully you get to see the baby geese quite soon! Spring is such an exciting time of year with wonderful things every day to look forward to! I love Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, one of my favorite hymns! Many blessings to you dear friend!

  10. Pam: Your pond is a very busy place. I enjoyed hearing the hymn. It helps me to hear hymns like that one. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  11. Hi Pamela. Still Water Pond is like a maternity ward! It's so fun to see the little babies that get their start there. Great hymn and sermon. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you have a good week!

  12. How fun to have more babies to look forward to! Do keep us posted!! I enjoyed hearing your choir sing and I do love that hymn. xo

  13. Lovely post. I'm going to be singing that song the rest of my day. (Be glad you can't hear me sing... I have a terrible voice...smile)

  14. loved all the pictures, Pam! I'm still laughing over the goose pair being the "neighborhood greeters". Kind of like Wal mart greeters, LOL! Do they even have greeters there anymore? I havent seen any in ages. Loved all yesterdays post pictures too....you GET SO MANY great pictures of the bluebirds! Mine are nothing like that, ha ha LOL. Yours are clear and show just how blue and beautiful they are. We love watching them. They are acting the exact same way here, we think there are lil babies in there, hungry little babies! We are having a COOL SPELL here and enjoying it SOOOO MUCH. Mr. Front Porch mowed the yard today and I weeded and deadheaded all my flowers. It felt so good outside. I love sweater weather. Wish it would be this cool all summer. We came out of church Sunday night, and it was blowing AND IT WAS PLUM COLD!! And I had not taken a sweater. Those colts are growing FAST!! Hope your week is going great so far! hugs!

  15. It's got to be fascinating over there! Lots of little ones coming soon, it sounds like. In answer to your Becoming Mrs. Lewis question. Yes, it is about C.S. Lewis' wife, told from her perspective. The author did a lot of research but some of the books (including the letters) are imagination. I really enjoyed the book, and it inspired me to learn more about them.


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