“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God” (Isaiah 35:1,2).
“Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations,, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20, 21, NKJV).

Susan and I love to sit out on our patio after the workday is done and enjoy the birds and the beauty of our back yard. Recently, we were surprised and delighted when a big rabbit came around the corner by the holly and stopped within a few feet of us. We froze while the animal looked at us and gave us in turn a great view of him. He ambled off, and we thought it was pretty cool that we got to see the bunny. But what should show up moments later but another, smaller rabbit?! She had come the same route and was tracking what we presumed was her mate. Two in one evening!

That same day Susan was talking to her brother Warren, who was in the process of renovating a room in his home. He was out on the back porch cutting some board when he heard two wrens barking like crazy at him. They had a nest in a hanging decoration on the porch, as they have had for years, and they weren’t too happy that Warren had gotten close to it. He kept on with his work nevertheless, but then was surprised when a fledgling wren left the nest and awkwardly made it down to the bottom of the back stairs. Soon another did the same thing. Warren called his wife, and they watched as the excited and concerned parents hustled their babies under cover. Two little birds at a milestone in their lives!

After a recent rain storm, a huge rainbow appeared in the eastern sky. It was extraordinary enough that we could see an almost complete arch. But on the left-hand side, there was an additional green band, on the outside. Unusual, unexpected, wondrous!

In all these scenarios, our majestic and surprising Creator had given something extra, a bit of lagniappe. Sometimes that’s his gift to us all simply for showing up and being in the right place at the right time. Other times, it’s his way of saying, “Hey! I’m here! And there’s more where that came from. Don’t you want what I have to give?”

The world is full of wonders beyond our deserving or our imagining. In these days when news of sickness, worry, crime, greed, and death continually dominate the news, it’s worth remembering that there is still beauty out there, in abundance, a little something extra from a God who is always generous.

© 2009 Tom Cheatham

Please note: My next blog post, a comment on “biblical worldviews,” will be on May 15. Thanks for reading.