Having done the cleaning at the building yesterday while school was not in session, my page 17 workday began at 7 AM instead of 6. I bought a wrist-worn activity tracker yesterday and it was interesting to see how much movement it recorded while I slept — I suppose that might explain why I tend to feel tired no matter how early I go to sleep. I wrote next week’s prayer guide yesterday but I still needed to format it and schedule it to post on the website and go out via email, so I began my day working on that. As I worked, UPS arrived with boxes of books to complete the restocking I needed to do before the next conference I’ll attend. I guess they were trying to minimize the number of boxes shipped as many of them had multiple titles in them. That made confirming they had printed and shipped what I ordered a little more difficult than usual, but I managed to confirm I had what I ordered and needed.
As I worked in the office, six deer showed up and spent some time grazing along the edge of the woods. They appeared to watch me as I watched them and eventually made their way further into the woods and out of sight. Mid-morning I had a service tech show up for a semi-annual inspection so I put a pause on my writing and editing work to make sure the tech had what was needed to get the inspection done. Once the building needs were taken care of, I finished up my office work and headed out mid-afternoon for some lunch. The air was full of moisture but the temperature was mild for mid-January so after lunch I headed down to Potato Creek to get a “waist management” hike in. By the time I got there, the moisture was no longer staying in the air as a light drizzle was falling throughout my entire six mile hike. Even with the drizzle and haze, there was beauty to be found throughout the park. Today’s photo was taken on a black and white setting as a reflection not only of the tree, but also of the gray atmosphere that was spread out over the horizon. As I neared the end of my hike, I came across a few deer grazing along the roadway. I guess my deer friends from work hadn’t let these deer know I was coming as they high-tailed it out of there as soon as they saw me.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Sometimes sleep doesn’t include enough stillness to get the rest we need.
- For many people, their time with God is so hectic that it doesn’t include the stillness necessary to achieve rest for their soul.
- Sometimes things in life aren’t as neat and orderly as we would like.
- Things of value are useful even if they require more work than we expected.
- Regular inspections of building systems are good things.
- Regular inspections of our spiritual life are even more necessary.
- If we keep our eyes focused beyond the haze of life, we will be able to see the beauty that God desires for us.