With no alarm set to wake me up this morning, I got an extra hour of sleep before a ringing phone woke me up instead. The phone call brought word that the power was out at the church building and the school had called a two-hour delay, hoping that the power would be restored during that time. It wasn’t long before word came that the power had been restored, so I got dressed and headed into work to make sure the boilers had re-fired and the air handlers in the HVAC system were running. For some reason, several of the building systems don’t like to restart on their own after a power outage. The interesting part is that all I typically have to do is unplug the power cord on the control panel and plug it back in — isn’t that kind of what the power outage just did?
Once at work I reset a couple of the systems that had not started on their own and then spent some time in the office since I was already there. While I was doing some more refining of Sunday’s sermon, I noticed movement out in the woods and as I peered though the brush and trees I saw a couple deer playing some distance away. There wasn’t a clear enough view of them to get any photographs, but it was nice to be able to see them. With Thursdays typically being a day off, by mid-morning I called it a day as far as work was concerned and Susan and I headed home. As we left the building and walked out to the truck, six deer were standing on the hillside of the back lawn watching our every movement. My camera was in the truck and I managed to get it out and take a couple photos before all the deer high-tailed it across the ball field and into the woods. They were so beautiful to watch and it made me glad I had needed to stop by and check on the heating system.
At home I fired up the pellet grill and after prepping some baby back ribs, put them on to slow cook for the rest of the day. The rest of the day was spent relaxing and keeping an eye on the ribs as they cooked. By evening they were ready to come off the grill and as MJ said, six-plus hours to cook and six minutes to eat. 🙂 It may have taken a little more than six minutes, but they were very good and didn’t last long.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Not everything goes according to our plans and sometimes we need reminded of that.
- There are many things that can bring our purpose to a grinding halt. When that happens, we need to turn fully to God and allow Him to reset our purpose so that it once again aligns with His purpose.
- Changed plans can bring unexpected blessings if we pay attention.
- Often it takes a long time for good things to be completed.
- Keeping our eyes fixed on the reward at the end helps us to live with patient endurance.
- What we value most will be most effective in motivating us to action — including the action of waiting.