Saturday, April 27, 2013


The clouds burst their seams last night, and showers poured down long into the morning, accompanied by thunder and flashes of lightning.  Barley cowered by the bedside.  
At daybreak, residual moisture clothed the hills with mist.

By the time the hiking boots came out, Barley fears had been long forgotten, 
and he was as eager to get outside as I was.  Along the path, rivulets flowed into 
small waterfalls and down to the hollow to form a creek, which continued to the lake.  
Barley lowered himself into the chilly water, and, half submerged, pivoted slowly, 
taking in the whole scene.  

There, the rocky hollow, now bursting with new green, stretches outward to the hills.

When he emerged, Barley sidled up close and began shaking, splattering my jeans.  
He certainly meant well.  I think.

In whatever form it comes, we are grateful for the moisture and the One who sent it, 
the One who gave us life, and fills our hearts with joy.

Do the skies themselves send down showers?  
No it is You, Lord our God.
  Therefore our hope is in You, for you are the one who does all this.
Jeremiah 14:22 

Linking with Our World Tuesday


pens and needles said...

We are so thankful for all the good moisture, remembering the challenge of last year and how dry it was in the spring. Every drop is precious, even those flying off a wet dog! :)

Sharon said...

Thank you for pointing us to Jesus through your photos and words.

Sandra said...

A beautiful misty first picture and then Barley having fun in clear water. Lovely greenery and sweet yellow flowers and a perfect capture of Barley shaking off the water!

Kelly said...

A M A ZING! I love your capture of the Barley Shake!

Allie said...

it is such a blessing in itself to be able to enjoy what God has given us, isn't it? love this post - such a great message. blessings.

Allie @ Framed by God

S. Etole said...

That verse in Jeremiah is an excellent reminder. Such great photos, too.

Brian King said...

Beautiful shots! I love the spray coming off your dog!

Kim Stevens said...

Well, I would say that he shakes very well...haha! We had some needed rain too, but it came down so fast we almost stalled in the road as it started to flood.

Anonymous said...

Joy is a wet dog!

She Who Carries Camera said...

The mist in the hills is breathtaking!

Gary said...

Great to see the spring flowers and the dog!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Terri said...

Great shots- I love the fog over the hillside.

Catherine said...

Beautiful captures of our natural world!

Pearl said...

fun outing! and great backlit shot of the spray coming off.

Faye said...

Connie, this is such a beautiful post and such a joy to visit. Your Barley is wonderful. I love how you have placed the scripture in the clouds. Gorgeous work. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a nice comment.

Jennifer Richardson said...

oh glory, it's good to be Barley:)
the beauty you notice
and celebrate
just makes my heart sing:)
thanks for sharing your lovely heart,