It was cold this morning at the pond. But a nearly full moon still shone brightly overhead, as a morning mist partially obscured the surface of the water. The quiet of the place was suddenly broken by the sound of three ducks who noticed my presence and scurried away, swimming to the far shore. I thought about those ducks and how comfortable they were in the cold water. It was completely normal for them to be paddling through cold water. For me it would have been a case of hypothermia and shock to try swimming this morning. But those ducks were designed to swim in cold water. They were fashioned to live comfortably in the pond through a wide range of temperatures because the outdoors is their full-time home. We, too, were designed for our surrondings. We may not be suited for swimming in the cold, but the Lord has designed us to cope with our personal environments as well. Just as the ducks wear a layer of down feathered insulation, so we have spiritual insulation in the form of the Lord's presence to shield us from harm. Through the cold and heat of trials and testing we have been given guidance and learned wisdom to, more than cope...to thrive. The ducks have no concern for the cold water. They were made for it. And we were made to move through the waters of our day, whether we are in cold or hot water. Because we were designed to walk with Him through our day and He knows what we are going through...and will be our guide all the way.
Psalm 23:3-4 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkets valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.