This is the scene I saw today with two friends and my husband, although the water is lower because New York State needs rain. It’s still beautiful there and the trees must be drinking from underground reserves because they are vibrantly green.
I got this picture from http://nysparks.com/parks/79/details.aspx and the website provides lots of details about the “Grand Canyon of the East.”
I was thinking how one never knows what a day will bring. We met our friends there for lunch and a chance to catch up. We ended up taking a walk and suddenly a couple from our home town looked shocked to see us there, maybe because it’s a small world. My husband shook his hand and we met his wife and then I introduced our friends and after a few moments they went their way and we went ours. We walked on pavement and uneven stone steps and then later on wood chips as we traversed the side of the river, high above the banks sometimes. Sometimes close enough to make us want to scamper down to walk next to the water or put our bare feet in it. Lots of signs warned us not to enter the area near the water. It was so tempting, but we resisted.
After good food at the Glen Iris Inn and wonderful conversation, we had walked and talked some more before going our separate ways. As we exited, six – eight State Trooper cars and/or police cars flashed their lights at the side of the road. Every car got stopped and a few might have gotten searched. We wondered if they were looking for someone.
It’s pretty rare when we get stopped by police and I’m glad about that. I couldn’t help but glance at our registration sticker and inspection sticker to make sure they were up to date. All was well and our car doesn’t have room to hide anyone in it. The full size van with dark windows ahead of us got stopped and asked to pull to the side of the road. I began praying if there was an escaped criminal nearby they wouldn’t harm anyone. I asked for God to protect the police men and everyone in the park. You never know what might be going on and that’s not always a bad thing. Not that I believe in being like an ostrich with my head in the sand. Not at all. I’d rather know what I need to know. It’s excess things that jar the senses and are being taken care of in a judicious manner that I’d rather leave to qualified people.
I’m glad God is on the throne, working things out according to His perfect plan. Yet, I pray for His intervention because for some reason, He wants to hear from us. He wants us involved. Jesus said in Mat_5:44, (KJV): “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
Again, in Mat_6:6, (KJV), Jesus said, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
Here, Jesus is saying to pray for souls: Mat_9:38,(KJV): ”Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
In the Old Testament, God sent a season of a lack of rain as punishment. 1Ki_17:1, (KJV), And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
1Ki_18:1, (KJV), And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
Three years with no rain because of evil King Ahab and his evil wife Queen Jezebel.
God is over all.
May God bless you and keep you in the palm of His mighty right hand. I appreciate the blessings He’s sent my way – friends and Him wanting to hear from me. Wow!