Quietly I walk along the edge of the road taking care not to make any sudden movement. Sometimes this time of year a Great Blue Heron is stalking the wanter in Little Elk Creek. The lack of rain means that the water us very shallow and minnows will be trapped in the low spots. They would be easy pickings for wading birds. I can hear the gentle trickling of the creek spilling over the large pieces of shale that line the bed of the creek. If you listen closely there’s a difference in the sound of the deep eddies and the shallow pools. In some places the creek even runs under the visible bottom and makes a hollow droning noise. In spite of the late season I can find a faint wiff of water mint growing on the steep banks. The knotweed is still pretty thick but there’s an odd hole in the foliage here and there where I can peek through and see the creek. The blue heron never made an appearance but the Asters are standing proudly in the full sun growing with all of their might. Their bright yellow centers stand out as if God himself left smiley faces on the landscape. Perhaps it’s God’s way of sending a message to let us know that he’s thinking of us. Of course when God smiles at you the proper thing to do is smile back. So I raised my face towards home and thanked God with a smile of my own. I was once told by a friend that God had never spoken to him. The thought that his words provoked was “Just because you ain’t listening doesn’t mean that He ain’t talking.” God’s voice is that “still small voice” that speaks peace. We tend to think that he only speaks in the storms but is that because we only look for him when we’re in trouble? He said that he’d never leave us or forsake us so it shouldn’t be a surprise to find him in the peaceful places too.
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