Early this morning the ground was frozen and the air was crisp, as I headed towards the path. I wondered if the water had receded enough to allow me to walk .
I was surprised to see the ground with only trickles of water still running freely. I carefully stepped on the grass growing along the edges, avoiding low hanging branches.
Frost airbrushed the shadows as I moved up and around the trees. I could see my breath added to the morning fog. I walked quickly. I was on a mission. “Walk the dog and quickly get back in the house to a hot cup of coffee.”
I reached the curve in the path that swings around and sets me on the path home. Stopping I looked up at the flock of birds screaming at me. I really shouldn’t group them together I saw robins, and starlings, doves and finches, woodpeckers and others that flew past so fast I couldn’t recognize them.
I took a deep breath, thanked the earth for the splendor set in this moment. Then, I asked, “Please show me your secrets.”
Nature is full of secret. You just have to slow down and look for them.
At that moment, when I looked up and away from my feet, and asked the question, “Please show me your secrets.” The clouds parted above me so that the sun, which was sitting near the horizon, slipped over my shoulders and lit up the farmer’s field.
Acre upon acres in front and around me brightened.
I could only describe what I saw as a patchwork quilt flowing out and across the land. Golden yellow leaves of soy beans, a deep green wave of grass, corn standing tall waiting to be harvested, 150 year Oak trees their twisted branches touched with that golden light.
The sun moved across the fields dipped low then slipped upward. I smiled and said, “Thank You!” At that moment a large hawk rose from the corn field, turned and flew towards me and landed in one of the larger trees to the south.
I took a deep breath, whistled for my dog and moved on towards home and my coffee…