Page 37 began early with the start of another work week. It felt even earlier than what it was as Susan continues to have seizures which keep her from sleeping well and fills her with a fear or anxiety at night. Somehow she seems to weather this better than we do as her parents, but I know that she has the worst of it so I keep pressing on with my daily schedule and pray for her comfort and peace of mind. As I was cleaning early this morning, I noticed the beginning of color in the eastern sky in the pre-dawn hours of morning. There were just enough clouds dotting the sky that I anticipated a beautiful sunrise so I set up my camera with a time-lapse video setting on a tripod and let it do its thing while I finished cleaning. The result was an amazing 50 minutes of sunrise compressed into a 20 second video. The camera only runs that setting for 50 minutes, so I missed the final trek of the sun up over the tree line as I had begun the recording too early.
Once the building was clean, the trash was taken out, and I had collected my camera, I sat down with God to work on the prayer guide for next week. It seems that lately the first few ideas that come to mind each week end up being topics I’ve written on in the not too distant past so I end up drawing nearer to God in order to listen beyond the issues that first come to mind. Sometimes when I do that, the topic I come up with seems so basic that I am just amazed it hadn’t come to mind before. The topic I ended up working on today for next week’s prayer guide was one of those as I settled on a focus of doing good. I have been in ministry settings where it seemed like “doing” was pitted against “being” with phrases like, “we are human beings not human doings”, used to indicate God’s interest in who we are as beings with what we do being irrelevant to our relationship with God. Unfortunately, those arguments have set up a false dichotomy that tries to make us think we can somehow separate who we are from what we do. The Bible has a lot to say about the good we ought to do and goes so far as to say that who we are as a being is defined by what we do as a servant.
By the time the prayer guide was written, formatted, and scheduled to be published next week, the work day had come to an end and it was time to head home for a late lunch. With spring-like weather showing up for the day, we headed down to Potato Creek for a family hike after lunch. When we arrived at the park, and eagle was perched in a tree overlooking the boat ramp so we shot some photos before he flew off and we headed out for a five mile hike. Today’s photo is from this afternoon as he has that “eagle eye” going, keeping a close lookout for a potential meal and an even closer eye on what I’m doing.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- We rarely know fully what others are going through but careful observation can help us have greater understanding.
- Understanding goes a long way in helping us endure difficulties.
- Our response to difficulties will often reveal more about us than about the difficulty.
- Sometimes when we pray it seems like nothing is happening — at least not until we’re able to look back and see the pace of movement all at once.
- Who we are is important to God — that displays our integrity.
- What we do is important to God — that displays our character.
- Who we are ought to influence what we do and what we do ought to influence who we are — they are intertwined in such a way that they cannot be successfully separated.
- I think of my niece, Breanna, often and each time my memory of her reminds me to make the most of every opportunity that I have to spend time with my family.
- We would do well to have the eye of an eagle, keeping a careful watch on the things which are of eternal importance.