On The Run

On Monday of this week I experienced something new in the office I go to each day.  My office has on the west side floor to ceiling windows that make up 3/4 of the west wall.  The windows are coated with a mirror substance on the outside, so that nothing on the outside can look in.  In front of the windows are various kinds of bushes, most of which have thorny spines that you wouldn’t want to walk thru.  In front of the bushes you will see grass and a sidewalk.  I have a view of 71st Street and Kierland Golf Club beyond.

I have a myriad of animals that prance in front of my window and use the gravel and bushes to rest from the relentless sun in the summer months.  Rabbits with parts of their ear have lied down and kicked their legs out and taken an hour nap.  Quail families have rested under the bushes and in some cases the babies have snuggled up under the feathers of their mommy to get warm from the cold temperatures (this is a rarity as we seldom get cold days in Arizona, especially in the summer times).  I also get my hackles raised when I see black birds picking on little quail babies and ultimately get the upper hand by killing and eating them (one of my worst days of watching God’s creation).

But on Monday I was awarded a special surprise when this animal came walking by the window and stopped for a visit.


As you look in the middle of the picture, you will see a roadrunner.  We first were exposed to the roadrunner in the comic strip Wile E. Coyote and the Road runner (beep, beep).  Wile could never catch the road runner and was always being smashed in the process.  Real roadrunners can run up to 15 miles per hour.  I know it’s not the best picture, but I was taking it from my office.  Before I took the picture, he came up to the mirrored window and began to peck at himself several times.  He saw his reflection and wanted to interact with the roadrunner he saw in the mirror.  When the roadrunner didn’t respond he moved on and within a few seconds he was off to places unknown.

My window is a camera that I get to see every day of God’s creation while the animals that walk by are totally unaware of someone looking at them.  If only they knew that someone was watching them.  Yet we are often like the animals who are oblivious that someone is watching us.

My life verse is found in II Chronicles 16:9.  It says that God is actually looking two and fro throughout the earth.  He is looking at our lives.  He is looking at our actions.  Our attitudes.  Our behaviors.  Our choices.  Our reactions.  He wants to strongly support individuals that are seeking to walk in fellowship with Him.

On this journey, you are being watched whether you like it or not.  If we only knew that someone was watching up, might our choices in life lead us down different more productive roads.  Choose wisely as you walk this journey.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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