The Buck

As soon as the coffee was done perking, I poured myself a cup of coffee and headed to my grandma's rocker where I pray in the mornings. Since today was Sunday I prayed for God to prepare my heart not only for worship but to also guide me in leading the congregation in song. I have only recently begun to lead our services in song and it is a privilege which is still new to me and I have not yet found my comfort zone. And since God has yet to send a piano player to us we are doing all the songs without music which is a bit nerve racking.

When I finished my prayers it was time to wake the puppies and take them out for a walk. The morning was quite and relatively still and we headed up the driveway and I despite the cold I was enjoying the moment. Suddenly from the field to the left of me I heard a noise which caused me to look. Not far from where I stood in a clearing in the field there stood the most beautiful buck I have ever seen in person. He stood proud and tall against the background of weeds and I could tell he was in good flesh and well muscled. His rack was huge and while Jackie has several substantial mounts in our house none of them came close to what I was looking at.

He stood there and looked at me for a few seconds and then he turned and ran to the crest of the small hill where he once again stopped and looked at me. It was almost as if he knew how beautiful he was and how seldom he actually allowed people to see him. Then he turned once again and ran, not in a panicky way but in a graceful way which I couldn't help but liken to the leaps of a ballerina. I watched until I couldn't see him anymore.

Seeing deer where we live, while always beautiful is not a rare occurrence. But the site of this beautiful, majestic animal raised the hair on the back of my neck. And while many will think me dramatizing the moment, I can't help but believe God put him there at just that moment for only me. As if to say He hears my prayers and that my faith and trust are not misplaced with Him, that I only need to keep believing. God sends each of us moments like this, to encourage us, keep us strong. The question is are we looking?

Until we meet here again, I pray God bless you and keep your loved ones safe.