Last night a dear neighbor and I were talking about our fascination with birds. I’m seriously thinking about joining a Pennsylvania birding club. In the woods behind my home, I can find snowy owls, barn owls, woodpeckers, and even eagles. By my kitchen window, the northern cardinals dance about all day.
I’d love a great camera with one of those zoom lenses. I want to take photographs like my friend over at Pollywog Creek (take a look at her flower photography today!) who takes photos of the most beautiful birds.
As my neighbor and I share a moment of wonder over birds, I remark that God didn’t have to make birds.
“And he didn’t have to make them sing, either,” she says. They seem placed here for such delight I can hardly bear it.
Then, my wise neighbor reminds me of the riches of it all. “You never have to worry about being rich,” she says. “You have the riches of nature always available to you.”
I think about the birding club and the riches of friendship. I think about my wonderful neighbor and the riches of wisdom. I think about my backyard feeder and the riches of cardinals robed in deep red. I think of the riches of family, laughter, vivid verbs (don’t laugh, it’s for real for me), and blogging friends like Mark and Stephanie or Elaine. I think of Judy Gordon Morrow who mailed me her wonderful book of devotions last month.
Today I’m rich in snowflakes, dark coffee, and fuzzy slippers. I’m rich in icy ponds and crackling icicles that make the houses seem swallowed in great jaws. I’m rich in poetry books, old dusty journals, bibles, new novels buried inside me, and Penn State students who write so honestly I sometimes cry when I grade their papers.
I’m rich in professors who have lunch with me even though we only have 45 minutes once a week. I’m rich in neighborhood moms and dads who are raising children alongside my awesome husband and me.
I’m rich in Italian Mamas.
God has poured out all these riches all over me as if knowing Him weren’t enough. He wasn’t lying when He said “I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly”
(Now you try! Can you list the ten ways you are rich?)