Bear Pond By Sheryl L Knapp
Living in Colorado is something that I am thankful for. Beauty exists all around me throughout the year within the changing colors of the seasons. I believe each child of God has a unique relationship with our Father and I value my relationship with Him above all. It is said and repeated in the Bible to sit still and know He is God and He shows me in small ways that He is still with me.
These small ways can be as small as a monarch butterfly seen through the window of the office I worked at for years and in the herd of deer I saw as I was leaving the day the company eliminated my position. I have seen one or two deer while on the way to work while they were sniffing the fake, white wicker deer with lights early one December morning as I had rushed to get to work in the Denver Tech Center. One or two deer arenít a strange sight there, nor is a stray coyote trying to find a way to the dumpsters. The sad day I lost my job, all I could do was laugh as I watched more than six of these beautiful creatures of God make their way across the upper-parking lot while God was whispering to me that He is still with me and everything will be alright.
Earlier that summer, my daughter was house- and dog-sitting at a friendís daughterís home in Larkspur. While I was visiting we saw another of Godís creatures and could do nothing much more than sit in awe.
My daughter had been out of work for two years so she would house and pet sit to earn a little to help us get by. This beautiful home was like living in the wild forest long ago as pioneers settled to live in peace and beauty. Sometimes that peaceful beauty can be dangerous beyond our imaginings as stated in Enos Millsí books, which brings the reality of this wild forest into stark reality. Mills was one of the original historians of the region in the early twentieth century.
On a sunny day, we sat on the second-story deck while the little dogs she was watching were down in a small fenced-in yard. The oldest and wisest of these little ones started barking as wildly as her old voice could muster when a cinnamon, black bear ambled out of the trees. Quick to think, my daughter called up the dogs into the house and tried shutting window after window to not upset this noble, yet very large creature. I stood stunned on the deck and clicked on the camera, which we were using to take cute pictures of dogs. I locked it on video instead of just the camera because I didnít want to miss a special moment God was sending our way.
Ok, the video is shaky because my hands couldnít stay calm while I realized this situation could go very wrong at any minute because our little protectors wouldnít keep quiet. I am thankful that I caught the gift God sent us that day. I am also thankful that we were safe because I have lived in Colorado long enough to read all the horror stories of people and wild life encounters that went very wrong. All this bear wanted to do was get a good long drink from a man-made fountain our friends built in their yard for this purpose. They had pictures of different bears playing in their pond but I didnít think I was going to see one not 100 yards away from me!
Soon, it lumbered away like we werenít even there. I believe God shows me these wonders to remind me that He is always with me. Like the day my position at my employer was eliminated, God showed me another incredible sight. I felt His love that day, too. I know He will show me His will for my life because, ďHe who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it.Ē
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