2017: Page 180

Page 180 began with heavy rain and as I sat down to write this, my phone just notified me of a severe thunderstorm warning for my location — although that might be for home rather than for where I am.  I was able to sleep in a little bit this morning and managed to have my morning coffee without scalding myself.  It has been a long day and I have to be up early in the morning, so this will probably be a briefly written page. 🙂

The exhibit hall has seemed to have had very few people coming through compared to other NACC displays I have set up, and today was no exception.  In fact, at various times over the past few days I have questioned whether it was really worth my trip and if I would return for future conventions.  About the time the doubt would begin to take hold, God would send someone to the display that encouraged me by their openness in needing what I had to offer.  It is difficult not to have expectations based on past experiences, but God continues to teach me to simply be faithful in what He calls me to do and trust Him to do what He has planned.

Today’s photo was taken on my walk back from my daily lunch/dinner.  Each day of the convention I have walked past this gap between two buildings and appreciated the care someone has taken to make and keep the area looking nice.  Here in the middle of downtown, surrounded by what could best be described as a concrete jungle, a small oasis exists in a most unlikely place.  It made me think of times I have found myself in environments that have not been pleasant and I wondered if my presence brought any influence of a peaceful oasis.  God’s desire is that we take His presence with us everywhere we go so that He can bring peace and beauty to what would otherwise be harsh conditions.

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

  • I walk faster when it is raining.
  • I make mistakes and sometimes I learn from them.
  • The storms of life don’t discriminate — the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.
  • We choose whether we add beauty to an environment or contribute to its ugliness.
  • God doesn’t have to reveal His plans to me in order for them to be good and right, but sometimes He gives me just enough of a glimpse to encourage me in the way He would have me go.
  • Sometimes the people needing encouragement from you and I are the people God wants to use to encourage us.
  • I may be a unique creation of God, but He uses that uniqueness to encourage others who have many similarities in their uniqueness. 

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