It's Monday morning rush hour. Cars whiz by this way and that way. Moms and Dads are in a hurry to get to work. College students have to get to class before the professor begins his lecture.
Suddenly the world stops while a mother duck leads her ducklings across the busy street. Hearts soften, and faces crack open with smiles as a family of ducks announces God's presence in Anytown, USA. For a few quiet moments people roll down their windows, smell the orange blossom fragrance, and experience peace, a peace that passes understanding, God's peace.
Not so for the people several cars back. Drivers get frustrated because they don't know what's holding things up. A young man gets out of his car and walks down to investigate. His heart softens when he sees the ducks. God's creation penetrates his impatience and peace overcomes him.
Gracious and holy God, thank you for pleasant interruptions of your extravagant peace in a world that races by. Thank you for the ducks. Thank you for always being with us. Amen.