Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Feeling Small

It's been a grueling evening, but as we drove into the yard a couple deer scampered around the side of the house and toward the barn. They'd been eating birdseed by the feeders.
I realized with all that's been going on the last few days, that I hadn't left corn for them this evening.
So after we went inside, I grabbed a flashlight and headed to the shed to get a scoop of corn.
I heard an owl off in the distance and saw a plane winking across the night sky.  Caillou (our collie) hustled out the gate and darted off in the darkness after a rabbit or some other night critter.
I dumped most of the corn on the ground and then rattled the a little in the bottom of the plastic container to send a signal to the deer that it's time to eat.
There was no moonlight tonight, so I stood the middle of the field and looked into the night sky. It took me a second to get my bearings but soon my internal gps synced up.
Looking at the sky at night often makes me feel small. Especially when you consider that the light I saw tonight could be from stars that burned out thousands of years ago.
But I find looking at the stars comforting. There's alway something primal, yet familiar in the night sky, and tonight it was just what I needed.


  1. I know what you mean about looking at a big sky full of stars. There's just something humbling and comforting about it all at the same time. I wish you well, and hope your heart is being comforted.

  2. I just read your last few posts and read about your Mama. What a great loss. I'm very sorry.

    Beautiful post tonight.

  3. Anonymous10:43 PM

    sometimes we find what we need in our own backyard!

  4. I love how the deer come to feed so confident and secure at your home. I'm sure you and Jilda have vibes going forth that are just that welcoming and comforting to all God's creatures...

    I love to look at the stars, my Dad studied astronomy and made sure we could read constellations as children!

    Hugs and Prayers Rick, thinking of you and yours....

  5. Anonymous4:24 AM

    such a beautiful post,

  6. Anonymous4:50 AM

    I know what you's that feeling of "always".

  7. Stars, deer, peace! Lovely! Take care

  8. I like to walk in the cool, no need for sunscreen...often the moon keeps me company. I don't mind feeling small :)

  9. The stars are filled with hope.


  10. one of the reasons I moved out of the city was the light pollution.

  11. Sometimes I think that God put the stars up there so we would take the time to lift our heads and look up. I hope you are doing OK. It has to be a hard week.


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