Do You Notice the Salamanders?
TEXT: Psalm 23:1-3 - The LORD is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.
The other day I went for a hike with a bunch of kids in my family. The forest was beautiful! There were green trees, wild flowers, a waterfall, and a flowing stream. It was incredible. The children, however, didn't seem impressed. They wanted to throw sticks, jump in the mud, and run off the trail. I tried to get them to pay attention to how beautiful the waterfall was. Instead, they were splashing their hands in the stream and trying to roll logs over. Suddenly, I saw them huddle excitedly around a puddle. In the muddy gunk under the log, there was a little orange, spotted salamander. At this the kids were amazed. They stopped what they were doing and got down on their knees to watch it. They didn't want to leave the spot. They talked about the salamander the rest of the day. They were captivated by the awe of discovering a little amphibian creature. In addition to the majestic beauty of the forest, there were also little bits of God's beautiful creation under my feet I hadn't even noticed!