My husband worked hard in the spring to give me a small piece of paradises in our front yard so I could take pictures and watch birds. It took several months for everything to start filling in but the plants around the pond have filled in nicely and all the ferns are just beautiful.

But a few days ago something caught my attention –

It appeared in a flash so quickly I thought it was my imagination.

Then another day I saw evidence of something moving again – but no actual sighting.

Then the third day – I saw it.

There was a rat in my beautiful flower garden. 🐀😱😳

We put out a trap so we could relocate it out of the flower bed but he didn’t fall for it.

Then today as I am sitting outside. There were dozens of birds out when they suddenly take off like they were afraid of something.

A few seconds later I see the plants moving – then I see the tail – it’s the rat!

It came out and moved so swiftly I couldn’t get a good focus – but I now had proof we had a problem.

There are times in life we know something isn’t quite right . . . follow the Holy Spirit’s prompting. You won’t regret it but in hindsight you will regret the disobedience.

A matter of seconds later something else caught my attention – something was moving across the top of the water!

I’m texting Chris and taking pictures and trying not to scream. . . .

As Im taking pictures of the snake . . . oh my gosh I have goosebumps again . . .

Something BIG lands in my bottle brush tree and in one one swoosh lands in the flower bed! The flowers are so tall I couldn’t see what was going on but I was trying to make sure that snake didn’t come at me when all of a sudden these beautiful wings unfold and start flapping! 😱


Less that fifteen feet from me!

And it had just caught ONE of the rats and then it dropped it!

I was going a little cray-cray y’all.

After the chaos subsided I looked up and the beautiful hawk was in the crepe myrtle.

The pictures are horrible but here they are.

I keep replaying the five minute time frame this all happened over in my head.

I wish I had been better prepared to take better pictures.

Then I started thinking about how that applies to life as well.

I wish I had said that.

I wish I had done this.

I wish I hadn’t. . . .


They always say it’s 20/20.

I say it’s painful.

Knowing a simple act of obedience could eliminate the I wishes and regrets.

Is wish I had just done that one simple thing He was telling me to do.

Seize every moment y’all.

We are never promised that next breath.

Obedience is truly better than sacrifice.

But Samuel replied:“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. I Samuel 15:22