Page 242 began extra early as I was awakened by the sound of a thud. Susan was having a seizure in the early morning hours of the night and had hit something, so I got up to help her find her way — both the way to the bathroom and the way out of her seizure. This one wasn’t a major seizure, as seizures go, but that doesn’t change the adrenaline surge that messes with my mind and body each time she goes through this. I think we all made it back to sleep fairly quickly, but if felt like the alarm was going off extra early. I got up and made my way into work to take care of the morning cleaning and building prep.
As I went about my morning work and prayer routine, a poem about understanding people began to form in my mind. It is sad how quickly we tend to get offended and pass judgment on people without ever attempting to understand where they are coming from. When we “walk a mile in their shoes”, we begin to have a glimpse into a life that is often very different from our own. By the time the building was ready for the day, the poem “Trading Shoes” was ready as well. After I typed out the poem and posted it on my blog, I settled in to spend some serious time with God in fleshing out the sermon outline for Sunday.
By mid-afternoon, the early start to the day was catching up with me so I headed to lunch then made my way to Potato Creek State Park to see what I could find to photograph. The eagles weren’t out, but the combination of blue water and sky with white clouds was amazing. Today’s photo is looking across the lake as the clouds appeared like I should have been able to reach up and grab hold of one. Eventually one of the eagles flew high overhead, as if he too was enjoying the beauty of the sky so much that he wasn’t about to just sit. After shooting some photos, I headed home to relax before firing up the pellet grill to make some bacon cheeseburgers for dinner.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- It’s amazing how certain sounds in your sleep can trigger an immediate awake response.
- My adrenaline response doesn’t seem to have a variable control — it is either off or full on.
- Time is the only way I know of to come down from an adrenaline high — not the best news when I’m trying to get back to sleep.
- Understanding people takes time and effort that many are unwilling to give.
- I don’t like it when people respond negatively to something I’ve said or done when they’ve made no attempt to understand why.
- My shoes feel heavy at times, but I suspect so does the shoes of everyone else.
- After having fresh lake perch and walleye at a restaurant on a little island in Lake Erie, Long John Silver’s probably wasn’t the best lunch choice today. 🙂
- God wants each of us to work in a way that our labor is not in vain.
- It is easy to become so focused on what I want that I miss what God has provided.
- Sometimes I need to get off my perch and just soar in the presence of God.