I wake up every morning, 6 days a week, rushing through my paces. I have many things to do before it is time for me to leave the house and get to my office. It is always such a battle, because, I usually have found it hard to wake up on time in the first place.
But this morning I had woken up on time. It was a morning for my 15 minute workout and I had made it on time… that is, until I happened to look at the window and see a deep red seeping through the curtain. I knew this meant a beautiful sunrise. I was smiling already. The workout could wait a few minutes. I would just take a few clips and then proceed.
I eventually got to my workout, but was 10 minutes late. Something was going to be skipped this morning… or I would have to take the fastest shower on earth.
I got back to my room to get ready for work. The curtains were drawn again… the sun was already up and the sky no longer had quite so many fancy shades any more.
Suddenly there was a very large shadow at my window. I was startled. I stopped what I was doing and gasped! I had felt the loss of the rays of the sun through the curtain before I looked up and saw the shape of the shadow. It was moving rapidly. It had moved past the window before my mind began to comprehend what the shape of the shadow could be…. A giraffe.. up close and candid… no more than 3 meters away, and moving around the corner of the house to the other window of the room.
My initial shock was now gone, and I had my camera close to me. This morning I was going to be late for sure… click, click, clicking away, I took photos of this friendly giraffe as he chewed on the tree outside.
He moved further along, to where his female partner had been all the time, and I watched in awe as I took photos of them eating so close to me, I was sure I could touch them if I reached out. The best part was that they just couldn’t be bothered about me clicking away on the other side of that window pane.
Boy! What a wonderful morning! Just in case I had forgotten where I am living, just in case I had begun to get lost in the intricacies of a 364/24/7 communications up-time schedule, nature had come to remind me, with a whisper of light from the gentle rays of the rising sun, and a shadow of giraffe majesty crossing past my window, that God’s creation still exists and will be forever more beautiful than anything I could ever have conceived.
Yeah, I was going to be a tad late to work this morning. This was just too good to miss. So once again I invite you…
Come… Walk with me in the Garden
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