Blending Into The Woodwork
I arrived in Evansville, Wyoming this evening as the sun was setting. Wanting to stretch my legs after the 5-hour drive, I decided to make a quick hike through the Edness K. Wilkins State Park, along the North Platte River. On previous springtime visits to this area I have seen Great Horned Owls, but generally they see me first, so my first glimpse is when they decide I’ve approached too closely, and they take to flight. So tonight I determined to more vigilantly scan the trees ahead of me, in hope that I might actually get some owl photos in the golden evening sunlight. My planning paid off quickly, and I spotted an owl perched in the branching limbs of a tree in the flood plain adjacent to the river. The owls colors blend in with the colors of the dormant trees so well, that most people would walk right by without ever noticing the large bird above.
I was able to work my way closer to make a pretty nice portrait of this handsome bird.
Being vigilant in our lives is way to prepare us for what is ahead, keeping us safe and aware of dangers. Likewise, we should be vigilant in our regard to the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Lately there has been a lot of talk and speculation that we are currently in the end-times; but then there were some who thought so about 2000 years ago, too. While I am not making any predictions, I am certain that His return is getting closer everyday, and there are plenty of signs that it will happen sooner, rather than later. If God wanted us to know the precise time, I am sure He would have let us know in the Bible. While the Bible doesn’t give us the exact time, it does tell us how to prepare for it: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” (Mark 13:32-33). Take heed, watch and pray – sounds to me like He is telling to be vigilant and prepare ourselves, so that when that time comes, we are ready to join Him.
- Great Horned Owl chicks grow and fledge in Golden Gate Park (raptorgallery.wordpress.com)
- Marcia Davis: Great horned owls are winter nesters (knoxnews.com)