2017: Page 153

Page 153 was back to work after a great family vacation, but it began with the writing of page 152.  With school out for the summer, I started my workday a little later than I had been during the school year but I was still awake at what has become my normal time before the sun is up.  There was a chill in the air as I went to work so I was glad I had a jacket in my office to put on as I began the mowing for the day  My day was a combination of mowing and sermon prep, which worked well as I was able to think through the sermon outline as I mowed and would use short breaks to jot down thoughts or look up scriptures that I would then meditate on during the next mowing segment.  

The sermon that I will share on Sunday at the North Wayne Mennonite Church will continue the series of character studies about living as the Lord’s servant.  This week the character we will consider is David.  When people think about the life of David, there is usually one of two stories that come to mind first.  What story from the life of David comes to your mind first?  Is it the story of David and Goliath or the story of David and Bathsheba, or do you think of something entirely different in the life of David.  It is interesting because the two stories are complete opposite in regard to how David handled each specific situation.  Yet it is not based on David’s success on the battlefield nor on his failures at home that we will consider his life as a servant of the Lord.  Rather, it is the commentary of scripture that states David was “a man after God’s own heart” that teaches us the most about how we ought to live as the Lord’s servant.  David’s life ought to be encouraging to every believer because in God’s eyes it is the desire of our heart that He notices whether we appear to rise with success or fall in failure.  

By late afternoon, the mowing was done and the sermon was simmering so I went inside to get the building ready for Sunday.  There were still a few people throughout the building so with a tiredness that was helped along by the warm sunshine upon my face and the hum of the mower engine behind me all day, I decided to call it a day and come back sometime before Sunday morning to do the cleaning.  Once I was at home, I relaxed for a while then pulled out my camera and went outside to photograph some of the flowers that were blooming around the house.  Today’s photo is one of those blossoms that caught my eye with its striking beauty and the subtle tinge of color around the petal edges.  It was just one more reason why I enjoy taking photos that remind me of the incredible creativity and wonder that God chooses to share with us.

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

  • Waking up early each day of vacation to photograph the sunrise helped it to not be so difficult to wake up early on the first day back to work.
  • An early summer Indiana morning doesn’t feel the same as an early summer Florida morning.  It is wise to know where you are and to be prepared for it.
  • If you’re doing a task that safely allows your mind to wander, it is always good to let it wander toward the Word of God.
  • Whether you feel like you’ve defeated a giant or feel like you’ve defeated yourself, God always examines the heart.
  • Victory is only sweet if it is obtained through a heart that fully seeks God.
  • Failure is never eternally fatal if you return to seeking God with your whole heart.
  • Sometimes it is important to do specific tasks right away while other times it is more productive to wait.  Wisdom is knowing which course is right.
  • God is never lacking in the creativity and beauty departments.  If we’re not noticing it, we’re probably not paying attention.

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