May 28, 2014

Rain and Renewal

It's five a.m., and in my back yard the chorus of Spring Peeper frogs is deafening. It's a normal sound around here, except in the past few years. My area (and all of Texas) has been in a drought for the past 4-5 years, and the wildlife and their sounds have been affected as much as the plant life. We've gotten just over six inches of rain at my house the past two and a half days, and the critters are loving it.

The storms moved through about three this morning, the sound of the thunder waking me up.

Frogs and toads, happy to feel refreshed, screaming as loud as they can to attract mates.

Yellow crowned night herons wading through the standing water, gulping down the crawfish that have floated up.

Purple finches, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and White-Winged Doves splashing in the water at the edge of the driveway, then zipping out to eat the safflower and thistle seeds I put out for them.

Down near the river, Great Blue Herons will feat on frogs, crawfish, and other critter washing down the bayous.

And bugs will start multiplying. All sorts of them.

And their predators, too, spiders and dragonflies.

Snakes, too.

Best of all, though, the rain brings out our wildflowers and an incredible variety of fungi.

Green returns to the land, and the land cries out, "Come!" Just as our Lord calls out to those who thirst for His presence. "Come, sit and rest with me!"

He feeds us.

And He comforts us.

As the rain renews the land, so Christ renews us. "Behold, I am making all things new."

Hope you all have a blessed day.

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