Redwoods and Katydids

Happy Monday to You, Leaders!

I  hope your weekend was restful and you’re stepping with energy into another week.  Last week, we shared some ways to bring fall leaves into learning.  Imagine my pleasure when our message in church was about trees.   Redwood trees and how their roots are interconnected.  The main point was that we are stronger with community.  That is how God intended us to live.  Redwood trees are a prop in nature that God uses to demonstrate this truth.  When one redwood tree is sick, all the other trees stop growing and send their nutrients through the root system to the sick tree to help it heal.  Moreover, if the tree is to die, many new trees grow from it.  Look at the community of trees that spring from a dead redwood:

A prop in nature that helps us remember we are woven together, built for support, and even in death new life springs forth.
This photo of Trees of Mystery is courtesy of TripAdvisor

After hearing this beautiful message of props in nature God crafts for us to demonstrate His truths, I walked outside and saw this:

A message from God to remind me He is with me always.

Never in my life have I seen a katydid.   Admittedly, I didn’t even know what it was.  “A leaf bug!”  I shouted to the Mr.  “There’s a leaf bug on our porch!”  He rushed down to take pictures of it.  It graced us with its presence for a long time.  And, immediately I knew the topic of today’s post.

You see, God is all around us.  It’s all about whether you choose to notice Him or not.  I am learning to seize these moments.  To take the time to recognize them for what they truly are.  To acknowledge that God is with us, communicating with us, and allowing that joy to wash over me.  To me, that katydid was God saying, “I am in nature.  I do use nature to communicate.  I want you to know I am with you.”  And I wanted to share that truth with you today.  

Listen Leaders.   Katydids are cool.  I’m grateful God shared this one with me.  Here are some things I learned about katydids:

  1. Their name is the melody they sing.  Ka-ty-did. Ka-ty-did-nt.
  2. Due to their nocturnal lifestyle, they are rarely seen by people.
  3. Katydids are related to grasshoppers and crickets.
  4. Treetops is where they mostly hang out. 
  5.  While they can fly, they usually prefer to glide down and climb back up.

Thanks for letting me share my awe and wonder of katydids with you.  Here’s to hoping you find awe and wonder in today!

With Love from Our Kitchen,
Offering samplings of life by a husband and wife

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