The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolled through town overnight and I had considered getting up to see if I could catch some photos of it. The estimate was that it would pass through sometime between 1 and 3 AM, so I decided not to set an alarm but if I woke up in the night I would see if the updates listed it anywhere close. I did wake up at 3 but decided it had surely already passed so I went back to sleep. When morning came I found out it was passing through right about that time, so even if I had gotten up I would have missed it. As I drove to work my morning soundtrack began with the words, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone.” It was an interesting sound track to fill my mind because as I crested the hill before turning into work, I could see nothing but darkness where the building should have been visible from the outside lights. As I drove around the building I could see an entryway light and the light from the pop machine, so I knew the building had power. Once inside I discovered a breaker had tripped which not only took out the light that had tripped it, but also the timer mechanism that would have turned the rest of the outside lights on.
So, my morning began with some electrical work to get most of the outside lights on before I turned my attention to the usual prayer, cleaning, and building prep routine. As I worked I continued to sing the words to “Because He Lives” as they filled my mind and spirit with great peace. After the building was ready for the day, I went back to working on the electrical issue and narrowed the problem down even further so I could get more of the lights working. As I write this page tonight, all of the lights are on except for the one pole I had to disconnect until it can be worked on. What was left of the morning was spent on sermon refining and studying the floor plan for the exhibit hall at next year’s International Conference on Missions. As I worked in the office, I noticed a hawk trying to hide while still keeping an eye on me. Today’s photo is the only one I managed to take of him as he flew off as soon as he realized I saw him.
By afternoon, the weather was beautiful so I headed out to do what I hope is the final mowing for the year. It really wasn’t mowing as much as it was leaf mulching and blowing using the mower to get the job done. The result was similar though; I ended up with a nice looking lawn that appeared to be freshly manicured. Plus, as a bonus, the heavy cover of leaves were no longer going to be able to kill the grass. By the time I was done on the mower, the air was getting a chill to it so I was happy to head inside to warm up. After beginning some of the initial evening cleaning, I went down to the river to walk and take some sunset photos while I waited for the building to clear out so I could finish cleaning for the weekend. There was a perfect mix of sun, clouds, and blue sky to reflect off the river surface for some great photos. My outside work in the afternoon had taught me to be prepared for cool weather so it was a beautiful evening to be out. When I got back to the building, I spent some time going through the photos I had just taken and then sat down to write today’s page which should take me up to an empty building so I will be able to clean and finish the day.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Some things seem like a good idea until it comes right down to actually having to do it.
- There are some things I would do whatever I could not to miss — a train decorated for Christmas is not one of those things. 🙂
- I think there are a lot of songs that can fill me with peace, but “Because He lives, all fear is gone.” was the perfect set of words for this morning.
- Sometimes things are so interconnected that when one part fails, a domino effect begins which causes many other things not to work properly. God says the church is like that — when one part suffers, the whole body suffers.
- When you have more than one thing that needs done, it is important to figure out how much of each needs done right away and how much of each can wait until the other tasks get finished.
- I enjoy the variety of beautiful animals and birds that visit the woods outside my office window.
- If I want a nice looking lawn next spring, I have to take care of it this fall.
- Much of life requires that we do something now if we want beautiful results later.
- I never get tired of sunsets — particularly sunsets over water.
- Having a flexible schedule helps me to not get too bent out of shape when things are not able to happen at their normal times.