I love the sound of God’s voice. I hear Him in the most unexpected places. I stay grateful, because Grace lives at the end of my rope.

Today wasn’t a good day. I was feeling pressed down on every side; discouraged, devoid of Hope, ready to pack it in and join the circus (that’s usually the image that comes to mind when I’m ready to give up. I don’t think I’d ever really run away and join the circus; I doubt they’d have me, but it’s a nice fantasy when I need one. I digress.) Instead, My Beloved and I watched Nature on PBS.

The only vertebrae breeding during Antarctic winters, where temperatures drop to below -50 °C, is the Emperor Penguins. It treks 50–120 km (31–75 mi) over ice to breeding colonies that may include thousands of birds. Temperatures falling below -50 °C are unimaginable to me, but instinctively, emperors huddle for warmth, and rotate positions inside and outside the center of the huddle ensuring that everyone stays warm, and alive.

As I mentioned, today wasn’t a good day. However, the emperors put me in mind of Matthew 6:26 (GNT), wherein the Word says,

Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren't you worth much more than birds?

I cannot say that everything felt right after watching the Emperor Penguins, but I was thankful. Yes, Lord, despite where I am, I hear You. I appreciate the order and the elegance of Your Creation, and that You care for me. For us.  While my dog Sando usually preaches the sermons, this icy lesson came courtesy of these Emperor Penguins.

Thank You, Lord, for the sound of Your Voice. Thank You for Blessed Assurances, particularly those sent unexpected, from within the Gathering Swarms on PBS.  


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Chelle  blogs at Treat Me to a Feast about her life lived forward, reviewed backward, through the lens of faith. She’s a PK (Pastor’s Kid), who’s been a Baptist church musician since she was five. Always a dancer and athlete, as an adult she turned to liturgical dance to deepen her personal worship.  It worked. Rochelle laughs a lot, is married to her first love and prom date nearly 20 years ago. Together God gave them two children and a boxer who is the other love of her life, confidante, therapist, and physical trainer.

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