Knowing Just What to Do

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We had visitors today. A couple dozen sandhill cranes stopped by the field across the road. After alerting everyone in the office, I grabbed my camera and walked out into the cold morning. Sandhill squawks filled the air. I looked up and saw dozens circling overhead. I thought, “Oh, no! I’ve missed them.” But then I saw that the ones in the field were still there. Those in the air were their buddies.

Just as I got to the edge of the house, the cranes in the field took to the skies.

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I felt so bad. Had I scared them away? Was it my fault that Clara and Mary Evelyn couldn’t see them out the window anymore?

I feel a bit better tonight. After all, today was the third time since we moved to the country that we have had visits from these beautiful, tall, and very loud birds. One time they were high in the sky, but the other time they stood in the field beside us while I drove past them in Big Blue, the Suburban we drove back then. If I didn’t scare them driving by in a big Suburban, surely I didn’t scare them by stepping quietly to the front of the house with my camera. Perhaps I just rounded the corner when it was time for them to leave. Maybe those squawking cranes overhead were trying to tell them, “Let’s go!”

Today I had to be content trying one more shot straight up in the sky.

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Sandhill cranes know exactly what to do each fall. They stick together and do exactly what they are supposed to do!

Even the stork in the sky
Knows her seasons;
And the turtledove and the swift and the thrush
Observe the time of their migration;
But My people do not know
The ordinance of the Lord.
Jeremiah 8:7

I’m glad you are teaching your children the ordinance of the Lord, so they will know exactly what to do each fall–and each winter, spring, and summer, too. Good job!


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