Page 273 was a laid-back and restful Saturday. I was able to sleep in and then, after a late Friday, I began my morning with prayer, coffee, and the writing of yesterday’s page. As I wrote, I would periodically check on Susan who once again slept in even longer than I did. We used to have a Saturday morning tradition where we would go to the zoo together. Somehow that tradition has changed to Susan sleeping in until it is time for me to start lunch.
Once the page was written, I turned my attention to going through the photos I took yesterday. Most of what I do in the “processing” of them is to straighten them so the horizon is horizontal in the photo. It seems like I go through times when I can shoot fairly level photos, then I quit paying attention and most of them end up with a “tilt” to them. There are a lot of things that my cameras do automatically, but there are still many details that I have to pay attention to in order to capture the image I want. Some of those details are correctable after the fact, but others aren’t. Life tends to be a lot like that — a lot of details to try to keep track of with some of them correctable if we get them wrong and others leave a more permanent mark that changes the way life looks.
By noon, Susan was ready to wake up and it was time to fire up the pellet grill to start the bacon cheeseburgers for lunch. As I worked on lunch, the air was filled with the sounds of birds singing joyfully as they raided the remaining seeds from the row of sunflowers. Today’s photo may appear to be of a finch perched on one of the sunflower heads, but if you look closely you should be able to find a second finch busy plucking the seeds from the sunflower it has claimed. After taking some bird photos, I spent some time going over the sermon outline for tomorrow while lunch was cooking. After lunch the afternoon and evening was spent relaxing, sharing photos, and letting the sermon simmer.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- God says that the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. We would do well to heed God’s instructions as we understand His knowledge of our need for rest.
- Traditions can be good, but not if they end up keeping you from what you really need.
- Balance in life is difficult, but it becomes nearly impossible if we let the less important details distract us from a level focus.
- Some things are more difficult to correct than others but God wants to make all things new when we turn everything over to Him.
- Even the things we can’t fully correct can be used by God to mold us further into His image.
- God wants the feasting upon His Word to be something we enjoy and something we are able to share with others.