At first glance, the photo in this post shows an ordinary tree in winter. No leaves. Some snow. Grayish sky in the background. But when I neared the tree, I saw robins! Lots of them!

Robins in wintertimeI managed to get a photo, albeit not a good one, of at least of few robins before they flew to the next tree. If you look at the right side of the photo, you’ll see five somewhat pixelated robins.

I was surprised to see the robins, partly because I was thinking about my to-do list for the day and wasn’t paying attention to what was around me. Also, I didn’t expect to see robins, a springtime bird, in the middle of winter.

Also unexpected was how the image brought to mind a phrase in today’s reading (John 1: 29-34). No, not the part about the Spirit coming down from the sky like a robin, errr, a dove. It’s when John the Baptist was near enough to see Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God.”

John saw the goodness that was right in front of him.

I think there’s a lot of grace in simply being present to what’s present to us.

What goodness have you encountered today?