"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matt 6:26-27  NIV

I woke up early this bright, shiny morning, way before daylight, about 3:30 Am to be exact. I sat and drank coffee, listening to Precious meow to go outside. Sometimes she talks so much it is maddening! That darn cat, I declare!

She can't stand for a door to be closed. Doesn't matter which side she is on. My little bundle of love gets up as I do, she has a sense of some sort, in which, she can tell the time of day. I believe her tale of woe would be better told in a science fiction story, but, that is another story. She has become my true companion for the past year, since she adopted me. This is her house, only thing I am good for is opening the cat food for her and giving her a daily massage so, of course, she admires the hands.

On this particular morning, I did my life as usual, going about things in my normal way.

It had begun to get daylight around 6:30 AM. I decided to let my Precious cat outside and proceeded to wake her from (in her estimation) a well deserved nap. I walked out with her.

Since central Florida suffered with all those freak hurricanes last year, I have finally decided to start growing things again. I had planted some sunflowers. I have one that is in full bloom. These are not as big as I have seen but are about 4 1/2 feet tall. There's another one or two that is just peeking their head out. I also planted some dandilions and they are starting to bloom. I have spring onions and ten tiny tomatoes on a plant my dad gave me a couple months ago! My heart sings!

Two years ago, I cut some small branches from a honeysuckle vine, rooted them, and it is blooming also! The smell is out of this world in the evening. This plant has gone through three major hurricanes and still has the strength to bloom! Nothing smells better than honeysuckle except maybe jasmine, which I adore. What a wonderful life!

Thing is, it is a God given life. The beauty that He allows me to see is there for me if only I open my eyes. I am not always perfect, by anyone's estimation, but what I do believe is I am made for this day and to enjoy life to it's utmost extent. It is in the dew of an early morning. It stays within a starry night, if you just look up you can see so many things. He gives us so many fragrances to enjoy. And the colors!

No designer can duplicate the colors of a flower or the intricate design. Just as we are made, according to a Master's Plan. Each of us is different in our own way, but sometimes similar. My hurt is your hurt, if you see it, and so is my joy, then maybe we are connected by emotion. I'm not really sure. I just know we are connected.

I will get up early in the morning and go outside and enjoy a sunny day. I will dwell on nothing but good for He has made me realize that I am special, one of a kind. I am so peaceful in the fact that He will always send me a rainbow after a storm. Oh, the colors!

By Sharlett F. Hunt