In the classic movie “The Sound of Music” Julie Andrews sings the oft-parodied "My Favorite Things". Personally, “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens” don’t find a place on my list, but what I do identify with is the simplicity of the things named. We seem to strive for the grandiose, but it’s usually the simple things in life that bring us real joy.
One of “my favorite things” is a nearly daily occurrence on the Little Red River. It’s the river mist, a fog that forms almost daily throughout much of the year in the early morning and late afternoon.
A simple thing, I know, but it’s beautiful. Sitting in the mist while you’re trout fishing, you sometimes can’t see more than a few feet past the end of the boat.
The Old Testament speaks of a dense cloud that would appear in the Temple, a visual representation of the presence of God... Maybe that’s why I feel a little closer to Him on the river…