Daily Step – There was a snake in my shower.

This lovely thing greeted me this morning when I opened the shower curtain.

Luckily, I only was a little taken aback by its presence. It helped that it was joined by three dinosaurs arranged in an epic battle. It made it less likely that a real snake was waiting for me.

Still at 5:00 in the morning in the darkened house, it doesn’t take much to make me jump! After I recovered, I shook my head and then laughed in astonishment at the strange sight before me.

I don’t know why the dinosaur battle and snake ended up in my shower, but it was kind of a nice treat to have a remnant of little boy play greet me this morning. It reminded me that things still can surprise you in the best and most unexpected ways.

This morning, my prayer is a poem by Mary Oliver. It reminds us that mystery and the unexpected and the unknown are the things that truly make this world a marvelous place to be in. Let us not always fear the unexpected… sometimes it can be quite marvelous to behold!

“Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous

to be understood.

How grass can be nourishing in the

mouths of the lambs.

How rivers and stones are forever in allegiance with gravity while we ourselves dream of rising.

How two hands touch and the bonds will never be broken.

How people come, from delight or the scars of damage,

to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those

who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say “Look!” and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads.”

I wish you a day of good and laughter-inducing surprise!

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