2017: Page 257

There was a light fog in the air as I headed out the door this morning to begin page 257.  The moon was passing into its crescent phase and was surrounded by an obvious haze as it appeared you could wring water out of the sky if you could just get a grip on it.  As I went about my morning prayer, cleaning, and building prep, the fog actually thickened.  By the time the sun should have risen, it was just a brighter version of fog with no apparent sunrise.  After a few hours, the sun was well up over the horizon and I could start to see it burning through the fog.  I took a break from the office to see if I could get some photos and everything outside was as drenched as if it had rained.  

The rest of the morning was spent putting together some brochures and material for the upcoming International Conference on Missions to promote the Growing Strong retreats.  In addition to the promotional material work, I also spent some time on some sermons I am working on for October.  By early afternoon it was so nice outside that I decided to do some of the mowing today before getting a late lunch.  An hour or two of mowing soon turned into four as I hated to waste the beautiful weather after the cool, rainy days we’ve had recently.  It ended up being a long workday, but that was by my choice so I don’t have to worry about what tomorrow’s weather is like.  Growing up on the farm, we called it “making hay while the sun shines.”  As the afternoon prepared to turn into evening, I put the mower away and finished up some office tasks before calling it a day.

At home I spent the early part of the evening relaxing and praying about the November retreat I have scheduled.  I’ve had a little bit of interest shown in it already, so it will be fun to see what God will do with it by the time it gets here.  The afternoon of mowing in the warm sun has turned my tiredness of the last few days into a sleepiness, so I’m writing today’s page early in the evening so I don’t let it keep me awake later than I need to be.  It was hard to decide on today’s photo for the page so I included both the morning haze and the blue sky of the afternoon.  As I finish up the writing, the sun is beginning to set beautifully among the scattered evening clouds.  When you live surrounded by trees, sunsets are difficult to photograph but I still try.

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

  • Haze and fog aren’t just weather issues.  Sometimes they exist in our life as well.
  • I’ve yet to see a fog that can outlast the sun.  I’ve seen some hang around for a good part of the day, but eventually the sun has burned its way through.
  • Even though it may seem like it at times, the fog in our life cannot outlast the Son either.  (It is important to note that there can be medical issues that create fog in our life that need medical attention in addition to full exposure to the Son.)
  • It is easy for me to talk about prayer and the work God has called me to with the prayer ministry but sometimes I worry about where the line is between promoting God’s work and self-promotion.  I suppose it would be a bigger problem if I didn’t worry about it.
  • When the weather is favorable, it is a good idea to do the mowing and outdoor work that needs done.
  • God’s desire is that we would pay attention to the atmosphere surrounding the lives of people so that we would make the most of every opportunity.
  • There is weary and there is tired.  Tonight I am a good tired.

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