Page 333 began early as I was startled awake by the sound of Susan having a seizure sometime before my alarm was to go off. After helping her get settled, I found that my alarm was set to go off in only 20 short minutes so I stayed up and got ready for work. As I went about my early morning tasks, today’s mental soundtrack were the lyrics, and improvised lyrics, of “I’ve anchored my soul, in the haven of rest . . . “. This was the theme song for a radio program that was on every morning during breakfast time when I was a child. The song lyrics and the memories from my childhood were a good combination to work to as they brought great comfort and peace to my day.
Once the building was ready for the day I spent some time with God going through the foundation for Sunday’s sermon to further clarify and refine its direction. I have invitations on my desk to have prayer ministry displays at a Christian Camp Leaders’ conference and three different Christian Camp & Conference Association regional conferences, so I spent some time praying and seeing how they fit on the calendar as they all take place early next year. The biggest commitment in both finances and time is the CCL conference so I began by focusing on it and was able to confirm my being there with the prayer ministry materials.
As I worked in the office, the birds were very active outside my window and Susan had another seizure during the morning. After pausing to check on Susan and reassure her that I was with her and she was okay, I did a combination of sermon work and research on lodging options for the conference trip. By mid-afternoon Susan was feeling better and we were both hungry, so we headed out for lunch. After lunch we made our way to Potato Creek to look for photo opportunities. The sun was shining brightly so we took Susan’s wheelchair out on the trails where she was happy because she likes the sunshine and she likes to ride. 🙂
I found plenty to photograph but the eagles were staying well hidden as we checked various parts of the park where we have found them in the past. Before heading home we stopped back by our starting point for the day and found a juvenile eagle perched in a tree nearby. Today’s photo is of that eagle as he kept an eye on me while I kept shooting photos of him. With the bald eagles not getting their white feathers on their head and tail for four or five years, they are more difficult for me to spot in the wild.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- It is easy to be bothered by things that inconvenience me until I realize they are much more than an inconvenience to the person they really happen to.
- Once the adrenaline has been released, I may as well get up and start my day.
- It’s never too early to plant seeds of hope and truth in children.
- When life seems filled with turmoil it is good to have a haven of rest to be anchored in.
- Even when an opportunity seems too good to pass up, it is a wise idea to spend time talking and listening to God about it.
- Sunshine and fresh air can improve a day.
- If I don’t find what I’m looking for, I’m either looking at the wrong time and/or place or maybe I need to look for something different.