Page 314 was a Friday which means it has been a full day from start to finish — and it’s not even finished yet. 🙂 My internal clock still hasn’t reset itself to the “fall back” time, so I find myself waking up between 4 and 4:30 most mornings and then lie awake wondering if I have time to get back to sleep before the alarm goes off at 5:30. Today I wondered long enough that it was time to wake up before I could get back to sleep. During that hour the morning soundtrack in my mind began, and today it was “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!” I started the morning working on some heating system components to try to bring a little better balance to a couple rooms. The way the system works it will take some time to know if it helped or not, but it is easier to work on it when the building is quiet and empty. Once I had made the adjustments I wanted to try, I began the usual morning tasks as I continued to consider the blessed assurance I have in Jesus.
The morning was filled with some repair projects as well as some work on a sermon for Sunday. As I would stop by my office throughout the morning to jot down notes for the sermon, the trees and brush outside my window would be filled with a variety of birds so I would take a few photos before going back to whatever the current project was. During one of those stops, I shot today’s photo of a cardinal standing in the autumn leaves as he snacked on a berry he had plucked from the brush above him. Shortly after noon it was time to do some cleaning and setup help for a funeral dinner that would be at the church. After it was all set up and the family had arrived and gone through the meal line, I got a plate of food and went back to my office to do some more work on the sermon. As I ate this rather late lunch, I noticed movement out of the corner of my eye and looked up to see a deer standing at my window. I grabbed my camera and took a few photos before she was joined by two smaller deer — I suspect they were her spring babies. They let me take some photos before continuing their journey toward the back of the property. I looked out my window and saw that they had stopped at the playground, so I went outside with my camera to get a few more photos. While outside, I noticed another group of four deer at the back of the field. As I tried to position myself to get some good photos of them, they moved toward me as if to help in the process. I got a couple photos before someone came out of the building, and just like that, they turned tail and ran into the woods. It made me think about the process of building trust and how it really is a process.
With the deer in the woods and on their way, I went back to some sermon prep before starting the Friday evening cleaning to get the building ready for Sunday. As I took a short break from the cleaning to write today’s page, I look up and again see a deer standing in the darkness outside my window. I think maybe she came back to let me know that we are okay and I’m not the reason they ran off earlier. 🙂 I still have a little bit of work to do in the building before I can call it a day, so I guess I’ll finish today’s written page and get back to work.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Habits can be hard to break. That’s why it is so important to develop good habits.
- I suppose the blessed assurance I have has as much to do with my being His as it does with Him being mine.
- Some things are easier to do when there aren’t others around and some things are easier when you have the help of others.
- Small adjustments over a period of time tends to make smoother transitions than making huge changes all at once that are often more than what is needed.
- While God does provide for the birds of the air, their next meal rarely just lands in their nest — they have to go out and get it.
- When “each part does its work”, much can be accomplished.
- Trust is a delicate thing.
- When our actions can be easily misinterpreted, it is always good to reassure those close to us that our relationship is still good.