To finish off this unusual year of pandemic, now closing in its second, entering its third, I share a simple but timely post, asking as many are: Is God trying […]
To finish off this unusual year of pandemic, now closing in its second, entering its third, I share a simple but timely post, asking as many are: Is God trying to get our attention, as he has done many times throughout history ? to turn people back to trusting in him rather than in themselves (science) to deliver, rescue and save.
This week everyone is on high alert in our city, as is also the case now throughout the world, because of this Omicron variant and how rapidly it spreads, threatening Christmas and holiday celebrations, as our borders again reopen. With the easing of restrictions many are more fearful than ever as greater numbers are rapidly becoming and have become infected. Many are weary and their fear and grief have made them faint of heart. ‘I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.’ (Jeremiah 31:25)
However, despite this, I have managed to finally purchase a new camera, and currently learning its ropes (as a freshy on an old sailing clipper), as my faithful 70D finally has passed on having reached its final clicking age, as the shutter gave up the ghost. The Canon EOS R Mirrorless has become the new workhorse and is a refreshing change in technology for me…
Think of the time when the first people walked our earth, a time when all birds and animals lived happily under humankind’s loving and caring authority, where they trusted and felt safe. A time when animals were not called ‘wild’ but all were our ‘pets’ and did not require enclosures to contain them and selfishly possess them. What has changed this ? Where they could refresh themselves naturally, as did this Lewen’s Honeyeater, as we watched.
It was a hot steamy summers day yesterday when it assessed the cool stream water, and then plunged in and out several times, helping to cool and clean its body. Birds have a slightly higher body temperature than us, and so feel the heat more, especially since the only bare skin is on their feet and legs, as the plumage acts as a body heat insulator.
I was pleased I did not have to make many corrections to these photos, even though it was down in a dark part of the stream near the waterfall, which was only currently trickling. We could hear the croaking call of the Dollarbird pair nesting high in a tree as they called to one another and distracted us from their nest.
The Yellow-faced Honeyeater have now come in for the Summer and are becoming the predominant call in the forest. With Spring flowers having now finished the Banksia blooms remain their main source of nectar, and what ever species of Eucalypt tree is currently flowering. Then there are always insects, and there are plenty of them.
The humble Eastern Water Dragon was sunning itself, with head raised as usual, beside the track.
Those who follow my blog will be pleased to know the last of the juvenile Australasian Grebe has survived attacks from the Kingfisher and is now out on the water swimming around the centre of the pond alone, but remains very immature, and could not locate its parent anywhere to see it feeding it.
I take this opportunity to wish you all a very enjoyable and blessed Christmas celebration and holiday (remembering those in countries which do not celebrate the Christmas holidays). Thank you for your many comments of encouragement and support throughout this year, I greatly appreciate you all. My wife and I pray for your continued safety, peace and prosperity in life.
The name of Jesus is the Greek rendition of the Hebrew Yeshua which means ‘to deliver, to save or to rescue’ which is what Jesus came to do. God named his Son, and told Joseph to call him Jesus (Yeshua), because he came into the world to do just that for everyone who would willingly receive and believe in him. Of course only those who recognize they need rescuing willingly receive his free offer. By believing and receiving His perfect life, death and resurrection as ours we are saved and reborn into Him. “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right [power] to become children of God.” (John 1:12). Jesus reaches out today to deliver and rescue those who know they need to be. It was a Christmas night in my late teens that I began my journey to know Jesus, and eventually by faith reached out and grabbed his loving hand he extended to me.