2017: Page 167

Page 167 began with a glimmer of sun peeking through the rain-filled clouds so I had hope that I would get the mowing done today.  I stopped on the way to work to pick up fuel for the mower and then took care of some inside projects as I waited for the grass to dry.  With a gentle breeze blowing today, I was able to start the mowing before too much of the morning had gotten away from me.  The clouds would come and go throughout the day and I did end up getting sprinkled on a couple of times, but by late afternoon I had all the lawn on the church property mowed and looking nice for Sunday.

After mowing all day, and with the help of the short periods of rain to make it stick, I was well covered with dust, grass clippings, and dandelion fluff.  As I left work, I had just enough time for a quick bath to clean up a bit before heading to an evening open house for a niece who had graduated from high school.  It was a nice event with many people stopping by to congratulate her and enjoy a time of good food and conversation.  

When we made it home, I grabbed a camera and sat on the porch for a while as I rested and listened to the joyful sounds of birds in the nearby trees.  Eventually one of the hummingbirds stopped by and I was able to get some photos and video of it as it spent some time at the feeder.  As I sat on the swing, I also shot some photos of the flowers that were visible from the porch.  Today’s photo is one that when I first saw it through my viewfinder, I immediately thought of the phrase, “What was, what is, and what is to come.”  It is the phrase used in the book of Revelation to describe Jesus as being eternal from before time to after time.  Jesus describes Himself in this way as the book of Revelation opens and John finds himself with a view into heaven itself.  The messenger delivering the letters for John to write down and convey to the seven churches of Asia also refers to Jesus as the one who is, who was, and who is to come.  It is always fascinating to me when God uses what would appear to be an ordinary scene to remind me of His Word and of the extraordinary nature of Jesus.

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

  • Sometimes a glimmer of hope is all that is needed to move forward in your day.
  • Sometimes the most difficult thing for me to do is to decide not to let the poor decisions of others ruin my day.
  • Other times the most difficult thing is to not let my own poor decisions ruin my day.
  • Sometimes a long day on the seat of a mower is just the thing I need to drown out distractions and listen more intently to God.
  • Accomplishments ought to be celebrated in such a way that God is honored for what He has done.
  • Too many things plant seeds of discouragement in my mind.  I must be deliberate about setting my mind on things above.
  • Jesus always was, always is, and always will be.
  • I will quickly lose balance in life if I focus too much on what was, too much on what is, or to much on what will be.  Each has a purpose in helping me grow.