Crossing Paths with Humility

ice crystals about to melt

Fog caught in weeds

March 7th, 2013, geese, footprints in the snow 024The path was covered in snow and undisturbed by humans. Only animal tracks were visible. Then a set of tiny foot prints caught my eyes. A small bird had been here before me. His small frame had pushed its tracks gently in the snow and now drew my eyes to follow. It reminded me of Christ’s tender dealings with us and His kindness and love toward us – how His humility and kindness draws us to follow Him.

Then, as I was heading back home in my car, I saw a goose sitting in the snow, unusual for this time of year here. The lakes are still all frozen and food is spares. I had noticed here several weeks ago nearby. I stopped and rolled down the window to get a picture.  She looked hurt – and then I saw him. As she got up to walk away, frightened by me, he walked up and followed her, making sure she was safe. I was stunned how even geese know that the hurt can’t do it on their own. He must have stayed behind with her when the whole flock left months ago.

This display of the animal’s kindness was another humble reminder how we need to be there for one another, especially when everyone else is going different places!

left behind geese

Left behind geese

Philippians 2:1-11

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

About Heidi Viars

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth ...” ― C.S. Lewis ..... In my pursuit of self, I found utter darkness. In my pursuit of truth, I found Jesus, who dispelled the darkness by His forgiveness. Now I follow Him and try to understand Him better. I am a wife, mother of 6, blogger and love taking photographs of sunrises.
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16 Responses to Crossing Paths with Humility

  1. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Your pictures are great, you are a great photographer

    • Heidi Viars says:

      thank you … but the praise should go to the Artist of the Universe who made all that I find behind the lens of my camera… I just push the button on a camera (and I don’t even know how all that works) … crazy … I will pass your praises on to HIM 🙂

      • Ajaytao2010 says:

        Oh great you are so humble and soulful I am honored to be friends with you Heidi

        thank you so much it seems to me you have really seen the light and so you speak

        • Heidi Viars says:

          I have indeed seen the Light 🙂 His name is Jesus Christ and He is the Light of my heart and life 🙂 He says of Himself to be the Truth, the Way, the Life, the Light of the World, the Living Water, the Bread of Life, the Gate, … … … and everything I could ever need ….I pray you know Him too 🙂

          • Ajaytao2010 says:

            yes I know and may he bless you,

            thank you so much now I say I ma blessed that I found you and he sent you to me

            I am thankful my sister for you to be here guiding like a beacon through the dark

            thank you so much sister

  2. Hill Harbor says:

    I hope they are too. I know you love watching them just as I do. I jealously covet the time I have with them… it truly only comes in spring and fall here, except for these two. I have thought of bringing geese here…but the wild ones are the ones who speak loudest to me. Of course…the goose attacks and laundry eaten might change my mind! love and blessings 🙂

  3. Debbie says:

    This was just so beautiful and touching, Heidi. Thank you for sharing what He gives you and ministering to us! God bless you!

    • Heidi Viars says:

      Thank God for having created us with this deep longing to know Him and to be known by Him. Thank you for sharing your gift at your blog too… together we see even more of HIM… community… sharing… growing 🙂

  4. Hill Harbor says:

    Geese are some of my favorite to see here. We’ve had some that have stayed here for a couple years. I’m not sure what their story is, but I enjoy them.

    • Heidi Viars says:

      Thanks so much for stopping in … and sharing! I hope these two will be fine for a while longer … at least until the snow and ice melt …
      Blessings 🙂

  5. Ann says:

    That was absolutely beautiful! And is His way, a gentle but convicting reminder 🙂 Be blessed! Ann

  6. Heidi Viars says:

    It sure is a rebuke, Wendy … and picture I won’t soon will be able to put our of my mind… Thanks for stopping by… Blessings to you as well.

  7. Heidi, how tender and touching that the geese remained together even in adversity. Their loyalty is a rebuke to us humans made in God’s image.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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