God’s Love in Magenta and Cantaloupe

October 27, 2012 | My Jottings

On Friday nights I always go to bed a little giddy because I know that, barring anything unexpected, I get to sleep in until 7:00 on Saturday morning. Picture me doing a little happy dance in my plaid flannel nightgown every Friday evening and you’ll know how much I appreciate the extra hour and a half of sleep.

When Edith and Mildred woke up this morning (Saturday) and I could feel in my half-sleep that they were both sitting up on the bed staring patiently at me, I knew it was time to let them out. It was still dark out, but that didn’t make any difference to me; I looked at the clock and it said 7:00 a.m. Yippee!

So we trotted to the kitchen, or at least they did, I put their bark collars on their little Schnauzer necks (still so sad to me, and if you don’t know why we’ve had to recently purchase bark collars for them, click here for the heartbreaking story) and let them out. It was 28 degrees on our front deck (minus 2 Celsius) and because of that I would have scurried back in, but when I looked across the street to Lake Superior behind the houses you see below, I saw this:

A brilliant line of magenta and cantaloupe, just above the horizon of Lake Superior, under the low hanging periwinkle clouds….the sun coming up in our part of the world. I wish the picture would convey how glowing, how neon, the colors looked.

I wrapped my arms around myself to keep warm, and stood there and stared for a few minutes while Edith and Mildred sniffed in circles where a skunk had walked in our yard during the night.

“If you ever want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, just watch the sunrise.” 
~~Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses.

I can’t think of a time when I wouldn’t like to be reminded of the love of the Lord.

I’m so thankful to have witnessed His reminder this morning….


  1. Kay in UK says:

    Your comment about Edith and Mildred sitting patiently on the bed, waiting for you to let them out was lovely. Those little girls must love you a lot! Your diligence was certainly rewarded with that lovely view. And I loved that quote from Jeanette Walls.
    Are the bark collars working?
    We are having big, big problems with our cat. Mario is being very dirty and lazy inside the house. We have had him checked out at the vets’ and have tried all sorts of options (litter boxes, feline pheromone diffusers, etc.). We are considering keeping him as an ‘outdoors only’ cat, but it makes my heart bleed to see him looking in at us with an uncomprehending, sad look in his eyes.
    We really don’t know what to do and the vets/internet/friends are of no practical help. 🙁

  2. Just Julie says:

    Oh that must be so hard with a beloved pet, Kay. There must be an answer for Mario. Yes, the bark collars are working, but you should see Edith and Millie when I call them to come to me so we put the collars on their necks before it’s time to go outside. They give a new meaning to the word “slink.”

    Lord, I ask for your help and insight for poor Mario and his family!

  3. Pat says:

    Is there anything like a sunrise or sunset? What a beautiful one (though pictures never doe them justice)! Poor Edith and Millie – I wish they didn’t have to wear their bark collars. Barking I can handle – at least they’re not pooping and peeing everywhere like Jasper is! I’ve been blaming Cosette and discovered that the culprit was Jasper. I think he’s regressing out of rebellion (Cosette has his nose out of joint for sure).

  4. Just Julie says:

    Pat, you and Kay are having similar issues with your dear pets! That Jasper….he needs to straighten up and fly right. I still want to meet Cosette. 🙂

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