On a Sunday afternoon in spring

I was journaling over lunch today, and noticing my soul’s need for rest and refreshment. So I took the long scenic way home and stopped to photograph some wild flowers by the side of the road.

Some of the flowers are so tiny I nearly stepped on them before I saw them, even though I was looking for them.

I didn’t have my usual camera with me so these were taken with the camera on my iPad. I hope they give you a moment to slow down and breathe before you start another busy week.

When finding rest looks like kangaroos and wombats

Sometimes finding rest looks a little different than you might expect.

So I discovered in the Cleland Wildlife Park, where I spent a wonderful couple of hours wandering, watching the animals and taking photographs. Maybe they’ll give you a moment of rest too.

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Kangaroo Island kangaroo and joeyKangaroo Island kangaroo and joey

"That's something to chew on"Swamp WallabiesSwamp WallabiesPotoroo

Bare Nosed Wombat yawningSouthern Hairy Nosed Wombats

All creatures great and small

We had the pleasure of visiting Monarto Zoo over the weekend. As I looked over my photographs I was reminded of the old hymn:

All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all

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O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures.

Psalm 104:24

May you be blessed by the bright and beautiful things that God has made and given you to enjoy.

I might have walked straight by

I might have walked straight by. In fact I did. I saw it – this tiny flower no bigger than my thumbnail – and I kept walking.

Blue Heaven

And then I stopped. Time. There was time. No need to hurry.

And I went back. I went back to see it – really see it. To see this tiny gift of God’s love.

Eucharisteo. Grace. Thanksgiving. Joy.1

  1. Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts