I began page 188 early as I took my kayak to the lake for some daybreak worship as the weather reports said the overnight rain had moved out and would be replaced by clear skies throughout the day. I had plenty of work to do for the day so I didn’t plan to stay long, just spend some time with God as I watched the sun come up over the lake. The morning was a beauty on the lake, but it didn’t last long. I was on my way off the lake so I could head to work when the sky began to darken quickly and the clouds took on an ominous look. I was about 5 minutes away from the park when the rain began and it continued throughout most of the “clear skies” day.
With rain settling in for most of the day, I was glad I had gotten the main part of the mowing done yesterday. I had planned on mowing the back half of the ball field today, but it will have to wait until next week. When I left work at the end of the workday, there was a deer out in the unmowed part of the ball field doing some trimming for me, so I guess she didn’t mind my not getting to all of it yet. I spent much of the morning continuing work on some teaching material and putting together some promotional signs for some of the prayer ministry material. By afternoon I turned my attention to getting the building cleaned and ready for Sunday. When the cleaning was done and the building ready, I called it a day and headed out for a late lunch on my way home.
At home, I rested a little bit and spent some time on the porch with my camera watching and photographing some hummingbirds. I’m signed up for the 5K race with Susan tomorrow morning, so I made sure her wheelchair wheels were aired up and I had everything ready before heading to bed early to try to get some sleep before morning. It should be a fun day; but as the purpose of the race is to raise scholarship funds in memory of my niece, I suspect it will also have some tough moments to it.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Spending quiet time with God often requires a deliberate decision and effort to do so.
- Weather forecasts are educated guesses at best.
- Visual observation is generally more accurate than educated guesses.
- When there is much work to do, knowing which part of it is time-sensitive can be very helpful.
- Sometimes God sends reminders to me in a variety of ways that He is satisfied with my work.
- Preparing for difficult tasks may not make them much easier, but it does help make them more doable.