Yup, the last few days we have had an unseasonable (but oh so welcome) Spring snow.
Curled up in my blankets, with a roaring fire going, I have enjoyed watching the big, fluffy flakes fall to earth.
One of the things I really love about living in the mountains is the snow.
It covers everything with a powdered-sugar coating.
It's so pretty.
Snow brings a *hush* over the landscape. There's nothing like the feeling of being tucked warmly inside during the storm. It's like there's no one else in the world but me and "The Hub."
Oh, and the deer.
That's something else I love about living in the mountains.
And I especially love the deer.
We have a watering trough just down the slope at the side of our house. And we've added a salt lick. Reassured by the "locals" that salt licks don't interfere with the deer's natural feeding patterns, we couldn't resist.
Our salt lick looks like a boulder!
So, it's great fun to peep out the window during the day to see if we have any company!
Last year we saw one mother deer with two babies. And another mom with one baby. They still drop by for a visit – though the babies are bigger now. And one of the mothers looks a little "chubby" – more babies soon to be born?
But where on earth are the bucks?
I do remember "The Hub" encountering one rather majestic male deer just down the road to our house. (His picture is down below). Oh, what a sight he was! Wish we saw more of those guys!!
But he's been the only one.
We've seen some "teenagers" with little antlers just forming, but sightings of Mr. Stag have not happened since. But, we have had the fun of finding some shed antlers on our property.
So, I know those guys are out there…somewhere.
Where do the deer go when we don't see them?
Where do they sleep? Where do they go when it's cold and rainy and snow covers the ground? Where do they give birth? Where do they call home?
I know they're out there – and I've seen evidence of their movements in the snow. Footprints galore. And once, I saw a little guy following a bigger guy. Little footprints carefully following in bigger footprints.
Which brings me to today's rumination.
(By the way, deer are known as ruminants. So, clever pun, huh?!)
I am thinking about those deer tracks, and specifically about how those little ones follow their leader…
Deer have well-traveled paths that they traverse over and over. They know where they're going. And the little ones follow the big ones to find shelter, nourishment, water, and safety.
Such an example of how we should walk with the Savior!
He alone knows the path we should take. He alone knows the well-worn ways. He alone is qualified to lead us. His footprints are the only ones we should follow.
He knows when and where we sleep.
"You know when I sit down or stand up…You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do." (Psalm 139:2-3, NLT)
He is the place we must run to when life gets stormy.
"You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat." (Isaiah 25:4, NIV)
He has been with us since before we were born.
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb…You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed." (Psalm 139:13, 15-16, NLT)
He alone is our true Home.
"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…"
(Ephesians 2:19, ESV)
And He will eternally be our source of shelter, nourishment, water, and safety.
"He will cover you with his feathers. He will SHELTER you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection." (Psalm 91:4, NLT)
"Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this NOURISHMENT, now that you have had a taste of the Lord's kindness." (1 Peter 2:2-3, NLT)
"'…those who drink the WATER I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.'"
(John 4:14, NLT)
"In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in SAFETY." (Psalm 4:8, NLT)
As I enjoy this beautiful and unexpected snow, as I ponder the lessons of deer tracks, I am warmed by the thought that my Lord leads me.
All I have to do is follow…
…in His tracks.
"You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him." (Deuteronomy 13:4, NASB)
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He causes me to stand on the heights.
As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
"This is what the LORD says: 'Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.'" (Jeremiah 1:16, NIV)
"You shall be careful therefore to do as the LORD your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you..." (Deuteronomy 5:32-33, ESV)
"I have refused to walk on any evil path, so that I may remain obedient to your word. I haven’t turned away from your regulations, for you have taught me well." (Psalm 119:101-102, NLT)
"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Psalm 16:11, ESV)
"Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, 'This is the way you should go,' whether to the right or to the left." (Isaiah 30:21, NLT)
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
(Psalm 119:105, ESV)
"Enter through the narrow gate...For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7:13-14, NASB)
"Therefore Jesus said again, 'Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep...whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.'"
(John 10:7, 9-10, NIV)
"The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their King will pass through before them, the Lord at their head." (Micah 2:13, NIV)
How closely are you following The Leader?
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