Perspective – Here’s to Percolation

Percolation (from Latin percōlāre, “to filter” or “trickle through”)

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When we camp in a campground without electric hook-ups, we often use a percolator for making coffee. According to Wikipedia, coffee percolators went out of fashion in the 1970’s in favor of automatic drip coffee makers. Percolated coffee is often strong, and drinking a few mouthfuls might put ‘hair on your chest.’

I use the process of percolation in my creative thinking and projects. Often I’ll have a vague idea, nothing concrete will come of it, but it percolates away in my subconscious, gaining strength for the right moment to emerge as a fully formed idea or insight.

I also use percolation in my Bible reading and devotions. There are times I don’t immediately understand how a verse or chapter applies to my life. I am confident though, that as I read, the truth of God’s Word will take root within me.  There have been countless times in my life that the Holy Spirit has brought to the forefront of my thoughts a verse or chapter I have read in the past that will perfectly illuminate a current situation or problem. When you percolate the goodness of God’s Word through your heart, mind  and spirit, you will find many instances when his Good News will bless your life with exactly the guidance, promise and love you need to better live for Him.

Perspective – Finding the Good

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

I’ve always been fascinated with the larger moth species. I have read about them to the point where I can recognize certain species. Problem is they are night flyers, so I have seen one only if it has become trapped in a screened in porch or is no longer alive.

I have found perfectly dried specimens in the woods and fields near my home. On a hike I almost stepped on a perfectly preserved Polyphemus Moth, and on another occasion an Imperial Moth.

Many moths use the leaves of trees as part of their cocoons. They are much easier to spot in the winter months when the branches are bare. In the past I have found many empty cocoons scattered upon the ground, but yesterday I found a cocoon that was still intact and housing an occupant.

I am re-inspired, and maybe this spring I will brave the other night insects, mosquitoes, slugs and other “icky” bugs, and sit outdoors in the dark with a white sheet and flashlight.  Perhaps I’ll get lucky and find a Luna Moth, a large green moth with feather-like antennae.

Yesterday I found the cocoon because I knew what I was looking for. It is the same with the good things in life…if you know what you are looking for, and search diligently, you will find it.

“But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29