As I shared last week the crossing from the mainland to the island was calm and beautiful. The wonder of our time on the islands continued to be a blessing …
God–space –Part II
… God does not do things by halves …
Day after day of bright clear sunshine followed. Glorious still mornings – and just enough wind during the day to keep the midges at bay.
We drove along coast lines seeking the ever-elusive otters. We wound around mountain passes into wild uncultivated land – steep mountain slopes and hair-pin bends. We plunged into the green light of ancient woods, where moss-covered walls lined the roads and bluebells carpeted the woodland floor.
Everywhere there were flowers. Some of the meadows were gold and silver with buttercups and daisies. The yellow flags stood proud on their damp river banks and concealed the corncrakes whose raucous calls could be heard from a distance. Tantalisingly close but never seen.
There were lambs too. Snowy white, sooty black and chocolate brown lambs. They were all cute and I enjoyed seeing them dotting the bright green meadows. When we went throgh a gate into a field with a flock of sheep grazing, one ewe came straight up to me and we enjoyed a moment when I scratched behind her ears.
The clear, sunny days were ideal for the eagles, and we had wonderful glimpses of both white-tailed eagles and golden eagles as they soared above us, sometimes swooping towards us to take our breath away at their magnificence. Hooked beaks, precise movements, bright eyes, enormous wing span – all these things were fascinating and we stopped everywhere we could on the narrow roads to enjoy each sighting.
Everyday the sun shone. Everyday the water glistened with light. Every evening the sky glowed gold until almost midnight, reflected by the unruffled water.
Now, having left the islands to return to the mainland, I know when I look back on my time on the islands they will be places of gold. Sunny, bright, colourful, beautiful places. Perhaps we did not see them as they ‘really are’! But my heart will sing praise to our God for He, in His grace, blessed us with sunshine.
The day after we left the islands, it rained …
To God be the glory for His gift to us.