To “oversummer” means to survive summer. Since May was the hottest “spring” month we ever had on record…it feels like summer has been here forever!
Our new “old” summer wardrobe looks as wilted as we feel…since most low country residents are trying to live in t-shirts, cut-offs, and light weight skirts…bought new at Easter…looking worn and torn already with the Fourth of July approaching.
Even the birds seem to have lost their appetite since I bought my bench to look at them….suddenly they have disappeared. (Maybe they don’t like people staring at them while they eat. 🙂 When they do approach they look like they are posing on the perch rather than nibbling at the food. Sometimes from inside the house looking out the window…it looks like a painting with Sammy playing king of the roost.
A neighbor on the next block told me she lucked up and found a redbird bench at Lowes…it had to be put together but she had a handyman who did it for her….I told her Sammy the Cardinal might desert me and fly down to her house to see the red bench in his honor. (Of course she might, then, discover his ‘calling card’ left behind…always check the bench before sitting!)
An unexpected thunder storm rolled in around supper time-delightful…while I was sitting on my bench….the lightning got strong…so I jumped up and ran back in the house…but as I was typing this post…I looked out the window and noticed a few small chickadees had returned to the suet cage…They would sit on the the azalea branches over looking the cage…enjoying the rain.
The last few summers we have had extraordinarily hot weather in direct correlation with dwindling rain….to the point that we start playing “games” with God in prayer…saying things like ‘Please send us a tropical storm, not a hurricane, and don’t let there be strong winds associated with it… that do property damage but just bring us storms that dump a lot of rain….okay God?”
The brilliant C.S. Lewis described this typical mortal “Russian roulette” game we humans play with God…in this famous quote:
“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” C.S. Lewis
What a keen observation lying under all our layers of faith…the seed of doubt concerning the pain and sometimes daunting challenges facing us as we await God’s help delivering the “best” for us.
We know in the end things will turn out for the best…just the way they are supposed to…the problem is getting to the end with as little discomfort as possible.
The sincerest, most courageous prayer we humans can implore is to ask for God’s best help (in any critical situation) while never forgetting to add an important “BUT”…”Not my will but Yours be done, God.”
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
Only the strong survive…and here they are….
Family Quiz: What does Eloise have this year that she didn’t have last fourth of July? A: HAIR