I AM – Devotional Style Short Stories – “The Dinner Guests”

The Dinner Guests

A soft breeze rustles the thick leaves on the abundance of trees. The grass is dark green and lush, and the Azaleas are in full bloom basking in the warm sun.

The woman goes to her garage and picking up the small bucket she fills it with corn kernels and smiles. They’ll get their dinner today, she thinks.

Donning her boots she steps out the back door and wades through the wet grass to the “plate” she has hanging on a shepherd’s hook and pours the corn, filling it.

Later that evening, just before the sun recedes, she excitedly goes to her back deck and takes a seat to wait.

Kicking up her feet and settling down, a Man steps up and asks, “May I join you?” She smiles, pats the seat of the rocking chair beside her, and the Man takes a seat.

They chat softly for a few minutes and suddenly she exclaims, “Here they come!”

Gracefully, almost as though they are gliding, three sleek coated tan doe deer walk across the upper part of her yard and are heading for their dinner of corn.

The woman smiles broadly. “Oh how I love seeing them,” she whispers to the Man.

“I know.” He replies.

“They are so beautiful and so graceful. Oh look! Two are eating together. Those are the twins; Dolly and Molly.” She whispers pointing to the two younger deer.

The Man smiles broadly. He loves the joy she is feeling.

“You had one you could walk up to last year. You named her Betsy,” The Man states.

“How did you know that!?” she asks surprised.

“I am the I Am. I created them.” Then adds, “And you.”

Shocked, “Oh my gosh! You’re…”

The Man cuts her off.

He smiles at her and states, “It was nice sitting with you. Enjoy the deer.”

“But wait!” she whispers as He walks off around the corner of her home.

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Genesis 1:25 “And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”

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In today’s world there is so much hustle and bustle, focus on electronics, cell phones, IPads, computers and television, that are keeping us, and our children,  so occupied that many have never seen a cow, a deer, sheep, an eagle, and so many other animals and birds. They pay no heed to that part of God’s creation and it is sad to witness. God gave us so much to enjoy and yet we have become a society consumed with all that keeps us from the enjoyment of nature and His creation. To experience milking a cow as a child, or seeing a speckled fawn, is a thrill many children miss out on. God created it all for, not just our survival with food, but for our enjoyment and pleasure. Take the family out into nature and enjoy the beauty. He gave it to us for free.

 

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Three Swans

The trees and flowers are in full bloom. The Cherry trees blossoms are in their pink and white splendor. The Azaleas are full with a variety of colors as they line the parks pathway.

The birds can be heard chirping and whistling their songs loudly as the sun rises further up toward the sky, streaking it with the colors on a painters pallet. God’s painting splashed across the horizon.

The park seems still as she slowly strolls along the paved path as she soaks up the solitude, peace, and quiet around her. But her thoughts are troubled and she’s escaped to try to find peace. Where is this God everyone talks about? she ponders as she moves to take a seat on a nearby bench.

She looks up at the painted horizon, hears the birds, and a distant frog croaking at the nearby lake. He’s never done anything for me, she thinks.

A Man strolls up the path and as He approaches she starts to stand. “Don’t leave because of Me,” He states gently and adds quickly, “It is beautiful, isn’t it?”

She sits back down and mutters, “Yes,” but awe is showing in her eyes as she stares at the painted sky.

“I hear people say it’s God’s art work,” the Man says, pointing to the colorful sky.

She looks at Him for a long moment in silence. “I’m not sure there is a God,” she finally states.

The Man smiles and asks, “Who do you think created all this?” He then begins a conversation with her. By the time their discussion is ending the sun has warmed the day and puffy clouds have replaced the kaleidoscope of color. The birds continue to fill the air with their songs and the Man asks, “Do you hear the birds?” Before she can answer He says, “If God created the birds and takes care of them, don’t you think He cares for you more?”

Her eyes have filled with tears and she nods her head, yes.

“Let’s walk,” the Man says, and they stand and stroll down the path toward the waters edge. He’s pointing out various flowers, asking questions of her, and giving her little nuggets of information to dwell on.

They finally reach the lake. Small ripples cascade across the blue water as a breeze pushes them gently.

She stops suddenly and gasps at the beauty when she sees three delicate swans lazily swimming near the waters edge. She seems transfixed.

The Man smiles and quietly backs away leaving her to drink in the grace and beauty before her.

(Sue’s version) Matthew 6:26-27

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