2017: Page 109

It is a Wednesday which means there is a lot to be done before the day comes to an end.  Page 109 began with the early day cleaning as I made sure the building was ready for the school day.  Once the cleaning was done I finished up the writing of yesterday’s page and then headed out to mow as the sun was trying to make its way up over the eastern horizon.  By late morning I had mowed most of the back lawn and needed to get more fuel for the mower so Susan and I made a quick stop at the zoo while we were out.  When we got back, I refueled the mower and set out for round two to try to get the mowing done.  By mid-afternoon I was finishing up the next to last section of lawn and the mower quit.  As it seems is often the case, I was about as far away from the garage as possible.  After walking to the garage to get some tools and then back down to the mower, I got it started again just in time for the sky to open up and let loose with a steady rain.  I was still as far away from the garage as possible, and already wet, so I finished up the few passes in the section of lawn I was mowing before putting the mower away.

I had a dry shirt in the office so I was able to change shirts and start to dry out as I checked messages and finished putting together the things I will need for the prayer ministry display this weekend.  Once the after-school program was done I picked up trash and made sure the building was ready for Wednesday evening Bible studies before heading out to get a lunch/dinner combination.  When I got back to the office I posted some of the zoo pictures and began writing today’s page as I wait for the building to clear out so I can get it ready for tomorrow.  With long days coming up on Friday and Saturday as I represent the prayer ministry, my plan is to work late tonight so I can try to rest up tomorrow.  

Today’s photo is one that I took at the zoo this morning.  As we went past the alpaca enclosure, one of the alpacas had its face buried in the hay feeder.  I thought it was funny enough to take a picture but as I went through my photos later, I thought about the lesson this has for all of us.  How often are you and I so hungry for the Word of God that we bury our faces in it because we simply can’t get enough?  Yes, we can nibble around the edges and reach some degree of satisfaction, but it would be so much better to dive into the depth of scripture and consume the meat of the Word that can fully satisfy.  

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • Finishing begins with starting.
  • While there are things that I have started that I have not finished, there is nothing that I have finished that I have not first started.
  • What opportunities would you have taken today if you knew that you would never get those same opportunities again?  How will that change the opportunities you take tomorrow?
  • Problems are rarely convenient and often seem to happen in the most inconvenient ways possible.  
  • Sometimes it is easier to finish a task, even in the midst of a mess, than to quit while knowing you still have to go back to it later.
  • God’s desire is that we would hunger and thirst for righteousness to the extent that we would bury our face in Him as we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

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