hectic days

I am disturbed when I see the majority of so-called Christians having such little understanding
of the real nature of the faith they profess.
Faith is a subject of such importance that we should not ignore it
because of the distractions or the hectic pace of our lives.

William Wilberforce

(a snowberry clearwing moth visits the butterfly bush / Julie Cook / 2016)

So it’s Friday and it’s back to Atlanta taking Dad to yet another doctor.
They want to do surgery next week but the question is whether or not Dad is strong enough…
So it’s off to see if he is anemic and / or dehydrated…
as well as to consider all viable options…

But until life slows down, allowing me to focus a bit more on the meat and potatoes of this little blog, I wanted to share a few photos of a most unusual visitor to the yard.

The images are of the Snowberry Clearwing Moth—also known as the hummingbird moth or the flying lobster.
I like it, the flying lobster…
sounds like some sort of crazy daredevil or fighter plane…

At first glance, I thought I was seeing some sort of unusual bee…
as it’s coloring was that of a bumble bee.
Yet with it’s long body and that even longer proboscis, I knew this bee wannabe was most certainly something other than bee or wasp.

(a snowberry clearwing moth visits the butterfly bush / Julie Cook / 2016)

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

6 comments on “hectic days

  1. Lynda says:

    Prayers for your excursion today Julie. I put your father’s name in the book of prayer intentions yesterday and prayed that all would be peaceful. I hope the doctor is realistic about your dad’s ability to withstand surgery. Blessings.

    • Thank you Lynda—it’s now Friday evening so I am finally back home—they did some lab work on dad, but for now they are still wanting to go ahead with the procedure next Friday—it’ll be done at the hospital but it will be as an out patient. He will be under anesthesia and they will cut away as much of the tumor as possible to hopefully slow or, better yet, stop the bleeding—but won’t know the extent of it all until the doctor is actually in there. If it is cancerous, which I feel they are assuming—then there will be no treatment per se given Dad’s age and frailty—but this will hopefully improve his quality of living as he won’t be bleeding so…and maybe we can build up his strength.
      So that’s what I know for now, we go back Monday for the pre-op then wait for next Friday morning….
      Thank you so so much for the prayers and your presence and words of comfort!!!

  2. DJ says:

    That’s cool, Julie. It doesn’t even look real. Great pictures.

  3. They are strange but fascinating. The ones I see here look like small hummingbirds as they zoon around at dusk. In the spring they love my columbine and then in the summer, they like my Datura, Angel’s Trumpet. I do hope your day is well enough for the surgery. 🙂 ❤

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