Page 76 was another day that I was awake before my alarm went off. Today was only fifteen to twenty minutes early, so I got up and headed into work since the forecast was calling for sloppy weather through the morning hours. As I went through the building cleaning and praying, I kept watching out the windows for precipitation that would require me to put down ice melt or clear walks — I guess it was a new take on the instruction to “watch and pray”. 🙂 I got the building ready and took out the trash but the rain/snow/sleet mixture that was in the forecast hadn’t arrived yet. Sometime after the students had arrived for the day, I noticed that the snow had begun falling with very large flakes that would float slowly to the ground. Eventually the intensity of the snowfall picked up but it never managed to amount to any accumulation as the air temperature wasn’t cold enough for the snow to stay around.
After working on some projects in the office for part of the morning, I headed out with a “young” friend to visit and “old” friend who is in a residential rehab facility following surgery. As has been the case through most of our friendship, I was there to pray for her and, more importantly, to give her a hard time about anything and everything as that is what she would expect from me in the way of encouragement. Sometimes the best thing you can do for a person going through a tough time is to acknowledge the tough time but interact with them as much as possible in the same way you would have before the tough time. At times they need to know they are still the same person to you as they go through so many changes that are beyond their control.
After our visit, my “young” friend, David, and I went out to lunch before heading back to work. It was a drizzly, overcast day so I skipped the afternoon walk and photo taking and just continued the work I had begun in the morning. Once the school and after-school care was finished, I began round two of cleaning for the day as I worked to get the building ready for Sunday. The evening has been a combination of cleaning and writing as I would work on cleaning specific areas of the building and then take a break to write a little bit of today’s page before going to the next area of the building. With no photos taken today, I went back and chose a photo from a couple mornings ago as the sun made its way up for the day while the lake effect snow moved in from the other direction. Especially when the day has a gloomy feel to it, I always enjoy seeing the sun break through the layers of clouds and brighten the horizon.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Watching and praying is always a good thing.
- We need to watch out for temptation even, and perhaps especially, as we pray.
- We need to watch for opportunity to do good as we pray.
- We need to watch for the working of God in our life and in the lives of others as we pray.
- It can be very difficult for an extreme introvert to understand how much a visit can mean to a person until you see it in their face.
- Sometimes we must step out of our comfort zone and into someone else’s comfort zone in order to encourage them.
- “In the same way, let your light so shine that people would see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”