2017: Page 186

Page 186 was back to work after the holiday break.  I’m not sure my mind and body were fully rested, but it was a nice day to ease back into the routines of work.  I started the day by writing yesterday’s page before going into work.  While some days I tend to second-guess myself and question why I’m writing these daily pages, each one ends up being a reminder of why I continue.  Even on days when I feel I accomplished nothing noteworthy, it doesn’t take long when I stop to pay attention to realize how much work God is doing in and through me each day.  

Once at work, I did a walk-through of the building and then settled down to go through my mail and messages that had accumulated while I was at the North American Christian Convention last week.  After working through the mail, I turned my attention to firming up the plans and outline for the workshop I will be teaching later this month at National Student Conference of the Association of College Ministries.  My topic is on developing a lifestyle of prayer, which is a broad and huge topic from my perspective, so the rest of the workday  was spent with God figuring out how He would have me use my workshop time.  Eventually my need for rest caught up with me, so I put that project on pause and finished filling out the marriage license with the wedding information for my niece’s wedding and then took it to the county clerk’s office to have it recorded and made official.

After a late lunch, I headed home to relax and try to get some of the needed rest my mind and body were calling for.  After spending some time organizing all the wedding paperwork I needed to file and all the paperwork I need to get to my niece, I unwound with some computer and Wii games before heading out to the porch with my camera.  I was able to get a few shots, that I wasn’t too pleased with, of a hummingbird and some decent photos of the flowers surrounding the house.  As I was shooting photos, I walked out to the garden and the blossoms at the end of the zucchini caught my attention.  Today’s photo is of a growing zucchini which is currently dwarfed by the blossom on its end.  It is important that we spend time with God in prayer and His Word to help us grow and blossom, but the result of that ought to be that we bear much fruit.  

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

  • Rest isn’t always easy to come by, but that is part of what makes it so valuable — if it was easy, we wouldn’t think much of it.
  • Reminders are good for forgetful people — I suspect that is all of us.
  • If we don’t have some means of stopping to consider God’s work each day, we will likely miss seeing much of what He has accomplished in us, through us, and for us.
  • Catching up on tasks takes work, but not catching up creates more work.
  • Developing a lifestyle of prayer is one of the easiest things to do but also one of the most difficult.  That is why teaching about living that way can be very complicated.
  • Living by the law of the land requires specific steps and actions to make sure things are done correctly.
  • Living by God’s laws also requires specific steps and actions to make sure we are walking according to His ways.
  • Living in a way that creates a life blossom that is noticeable to all can be very self-satisfying, but allowing God to turn that blossoming life into a fruit-bearing one should be our daily goal. 

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