Three weeks ago there was ice and snow on the boardwalk and this morning it looks like this…it's amazing how much change can happen in a short amount of time. Walking down the boardwalk this morning the birds were chirping and fluttering about, the frogs were chirping, the turtles sunbathing, there were geese getting ready to nest and a blue heron having breakfast…the conservation area was abuzz with life. I love this time of the year, all the new life…the great awakening after winter's slumber.
Our lives can have that same feeling, that same sense of new life coming forth after a season that can feel so dormant or so void of life. But the reality is even in those dormant times life is happening, we just don't always know it or feel it…the slumber of winter…everything appears lifeless and then the temperatures rise, the sun warms the earth and what appeared lifeless bursts forth with new life. Don't you love it when that happens in your life. You struggle with something for so long and it never seems to change and then suddenly you have a break through and it seems but a moment that you struggled because the life that you now have overshadows those times of struggling.
It's funny I was watching this blue heron this morning, he was quite far away, I was so hoping he'd come closer so I could get a good shot but he didn't. I thought to myself as I watched him searching for food…I don't think he gets impatient, he just plods along looking for food…but as I was sitting there waiting for him to move closer, I was thinking I really should get going, I'm wasting my time, I have things to do. But I sat and waited even though I had no idea whether what I was waiting for would ever come and it didn't, the heron kept his distance.
What I learned was it's good to wait and be still even if we don't always get what we're waiting for.
Right now my kids are learning the art of waiting as I'm still not done their shower :-) but it will be well worth the wait when I'm finished...as long as the ceiling tiles don't all fall off as one did this morning :-(