it’s just one of those days to wonder

There are good days and there are bad days,
and this is one of them.

Lawrence Welk

“Promise me you’ll always remember:
You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.”

Christopher Robin to Pooh, A.A. Milne

(a lone gull looks out to sea / Henderson St Park, FL / Julie Cook / 2015)

Ever wonder what the gulls wonder?
What are their thoughts as they stare forlornly out to sea?
Do they watch the waves rolling in, one on top of another,
wondering where they have been and to where it is they now come?

Are they lost in wonderment and awe, mesmerized by the rhythmic breathing of the sea?
Do they feel loneliness, separation, isolation?
Wondering, as they stare outward, as to what once was and to what could have been?
Do they have hopes and dreams that tomorrow will be different, better, happier?

Perhaps they are merely watching, as they scan ever outward,
wondering where the next elusive small tasty fish may be?
Perhaps they merely watch, looking for what may come their way. . .
As in an opportunity, a new start, a fresh beginning. . .

Does their wondering lead to questions, those without answers?
Do they wonder about that which is definitive verses that which is uncertain?
Do they wonder if they will ever have the right answers?
Are they listening for the cries of the other gulls, only to be lost in the sound of the crashing waves?

Are they lost in their wondering, as their thoughts wander across time?
Do regrets lie in the heart of a gull?
Do their hearts break?
Do they yearn for that which seems impossible?
Do they stand at the ocean’s edge longing to hear the voice of the Creator?
Wondering if they will ever feel His embrace. . .

Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.

Psalm 40:5

8 comments on “it’s just one of those days to wonder

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Hey Julie good morning

    Have you read Jonathan Livingston Seagull? Your post made me think of it from years and years back. Maybe not the best Christian analogy, but it made me think of it.

    • yes that little book went with me to college as I did love the book back in the day 😉
      and that is perhaps why I like gulls to this day 🙂
      except whenever I offer bits of bread then it’s shades of Hitchcock’s The Bird 🙂

      • Wally Fry says:

        That’s funny. In the fall my wife and a friend took a short cruise and down in Mexico, some gulls stole her entire lunch. I would imagine she feels the same way!

  2. Now this is really uncanny, I was contemplating a post on the gulls and the why fors of their cries. I love the gulls and this weekend watching the Open at St. Andrews I loved hearing the gulls in the background as they played their rounds of golf. I love them too and told James just yesterday that we HAVE to head to Galveston in the fall. It has been far too long since we’ve been to the beach. When are you headed off to Ireland, missy? 🙂 ❤

    • I do love gulls, but that whole Hitchcock thing lingers in the back of my mind 🙂
      We are actually heading to Nashville for the weekend as Gregory has a conference but the journey across the pond is slated for mid September—about 7 weeks away 🙂

  3. Nicodemas says:

    So wonderfully beautiful.

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