A lesson from the Souris River

Frustrated with all the bad news lately, I loaded my kayak and headed to the Souris River to find some peace and quiet.

On the way, a deer ran out in front of my truck.  Knowing there was likely more than one, I stopped, backed up, and waited. Out of the ditch came the smallest fawn I have ever seen. It looked like a small cat on spindly legs. 

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It must not have been much more than a day old. It stopped and sniffed the road, and then it wobbled across and was reunited with its momma.

Once I got to the river, I saw hundreds of painted turtles sunning themselves on the semi-submerged tree branches. I saw two huge snapping turtles. A white-tail deer came bounding out of the trees, saw me, and let out a shriek. I had never heard a deer make that noise before and then he did it two more times. There were also hawks, kingfishers, a couple of muskrats and even an owl along the way.

What most impressed me, though, were the water bugs. If I sat still for a moment, 10 or 15 of these bugs would come and skitter all over the place. They were so small that I could not see them. All I could see all these wakes being formed on the surface of the water.

Here is the thing: all this life is going on without anyone helping it. Well, without any human help anyway. Regardless of what we are worrying about, the stars still come out, the earth spins, and the planets continue in their orbits.

Jesus said, “I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26).

There is one who is looking after things and He is never worried or afraid.

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