Did You See It?

Brenda Nail Delauder


There are mornings I’m tempted to see how far the alarm clock can fly. The thought of sleeping in sounds divine, but this time of year seldom allows me to do so. Yet early morning walks are the best times to enjoy nature even when the humidity has my clothes glued to my body and my hair drips sweat like rain.

Don’t get me wrong, I long for winter, but I’m not about to hide in my house until it gets cool. Besides, having a dog who loves the outdoors keeps me on my toes. So every morning I hose down with bug spray, clip on the lead and off we go. Usually during the walk there is one special moment of something to enjoy, and if not then, by evening we will find it. It has turned into a daily adventure to see what catches me by surprise and makes my spirit soar!

A few weeks ago I heard them before I looked up. I knew the call belonged to a Great Blue Heron, but what I was overjoyed to see was not one, not a pair, but five herons flying low, right over our heads. Pepper plopped down in the middle of the road to look up at them. Seeing one is fun, two is a treat, but five is over-the-top awesome! Then last Sunday morning just after daybreak, we headed out on our favorite route along a dirt road. By the time we were on our way home, both of us eager for cool water, I turned around at the top of the last hill and gasp. The early morning mist was rising up over the valley below, forming veils of white, which seemed to float over the field of green, creating an absolutely beautiful and serene scene. “How Great Thou Art!” immediately popped into my head because of the joyous grace God had given me with this view.

Last night after a long day of activity I was ready to sit down and put my feet up, but Pepper begged to go out. While he headed down the steps to his back yard, I went across the deck to wait. Everything was being washed in a rosy glow and I knew I was in for a treat. Looking up I was thrilled to see a sunset of brilliant red and watched it until every bit of the rich color had faded away, forgetting about how tired I was when I went out there. Only a few mornings before I had enjoyed the beauty of a golden sunrise. There were thunderclouds building and the rising sun had filled them, creating “mountains” of varying shades of majestic golds and royal purples. It felt as if we were climbing up the hill to it, truly a divine way to start a day.

This time of year is too beautiful to miss while hiding inside to escape the heat. Granted during the hottest hours I try to stay where it’s cool, but maybe that makes me pay more attention to my surroundings when I am outside. We have our share of muggy days making everything hazy, but thankfully most mornings and some evenings are radiantly clear, providing us with a delightful feast for our eyes. I sometimes think when the clouds are looking quite majestic, it’s as if the Holy City has drawn closer to us. I find a soothing peace in that thought.

It’s easy to fail to notice, but it is a whole lot more fun to pay attention, to all of the fabulous treasures God has provided for us. What great treat did you see today?

Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.