With a no-student day for the school yesterday, there was no reason for me to head into work early even though I was awake at my usual early time. Since I was awake, I looked out the window to make sure it hadn’t snowed then went back to sleep for a little while. When I got back up around 7, there was snow on the ground and it was still lightly falling. It wasn’t a lot, but enough to be a nuisance, so when I got to work I got out the leaf blower and cleared the sidewalks before the start of the school day.
The snowfall didn’t last long and as I worked through the morning, the sun came out and the birds arrived outside my office window to enjoy the moisture left behind by the snow and to continue their work on the berries that remain. Spring is also in the air as the male and female cardinals are more likely to chase each other around than to sit peacefully eating berries. Today’s photo is of one of the female cardinals as she is basking in the morning sun with the skin of a fresh-picked berry hanging from her beak. I’m guessing the berries are getting a little dry this time of year as the trips down to the snow covered ground were fairly frequent. As I worked on some sermon refinement for Sunday, Susan kept busy stuffing the prayer insert into the bulletin — a job she generally enjoys doing. It made me think that sometime I need to write a follow-up to my recent blog post, “Finding Joy In Who You Are”, with that being the key to finding joy in what you do. Because Susan knows complete joy in being a child of God, she is able to find joy in the unseen work of serving.
By early afternoon it was time for lunch and a break, so after getting something to eat I headed down to Potato Creek for a short hike. The air was cold as the wind blew in off the lake and the eagles were nowhere to be seen, but the clear blue sky and bright sunshine made for some beautiful picnic area photos and a peaceful hike through the woods. Once back to work, I started some of the prep for the weekend cleaning while I waited for the after school program to finish. As I worked, I received a phone call letting me know the wheels and parts for my work tractor had come in so I headed out to pick them up. The rear rims on the tractor had corroded to the point they were no longer usable, so I had ordered new rims and hubs. Wednesday I had received a call letting me know that the rims had been discontinued and were no longer available, that I had to get the rim and tire together. I hadn’t planned on getting new tires as the old ones were still usable, but they weren’t going to be usable without rims so I didn’t really have a lot of choice. Then they tell me the good news is that the tire and rim combination is actually cheaper than the rim only that I had ordered. That didn’t make much sense to me, but I not only picked up my parts along with two new tires I hadn’t planned on purchasing and got a refund back from what I had already paid.
After I brought the parts back, I continued my weekend cleaning and building prep and as I cleaned the glass doors, the setting sun was begging to be photographed. So, I grabbed my cameras and went out to oblige its request. It is always encouraging to me to watch God paint the sky whether it’s the beginning or the end of a day. The beauty that He shares with us is astounding and leaves me in awe of a God that designed such a marvelous scene. As I transferred the photos to my computer, I began writing today’s page. Now that the page is nearly written, I will get it posted and then finish my work for the day so I can head home.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Your circumstances now may not be what they will be an hour from now. With God’s help, hold on to what is good, change what needs changed, and move on from what isn’t good and can’t be changed.
- Critical thinking and logical thinking evidently aren’t the same thing in today’s culture.
- Sometimes the meat of God’s Word seems a bit tough and dry — that’s when you need the refreshing moisture of God’s Spirit to make it digestible.
- Finding joy in who you are is the secret to finding joy in what you do. Unfortunately, we often try to reverse that process and become disillusioned when it doesn’t work.
- It is a good practice to listen fully before jumping to conclusions. What may initially sound disappointing could possibly turn out better than you imagine if you hear the end of the story.
- There is no excuse for not seeing the presence of God in the midst of the beauty of creation He surrounds us with — that’s not just my conclusion, that is what God says! (Read Romans 1)