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Archive for May, 2018

An Adventure with God

“Going on an adventure with God” is a phrase that comes to mind from time to time when a step of faith is called for, something that takes me out of my comfort zone.

First, this phrase seems wonderful, intriguing.  “With God” is the exciting part.  Like being invited to go with Dad on a special excursion, one-on-one.  But “adventure,” which would excite some, sounds a bit scary to me.  Yet there are new things to do, to discover, the thrill of the new, of the opportunities to trust God and see Him work in ways I’ve never yet experienced, of looking back and saying that was great and I’m so glad I didn’t chicken out.

Like when we were in Israel and I found Wadi Zin 3myself hiking along Wadi Qilt with a sheer drop-off to the right of my path!  Or down in another wadi where we came to a tall ladder built into the face of a cliff (I didn’t dare look up to see how high it was)  which we HAD to climb!  I just took one rung at a time, after the person in front of me, and made it finally to the top!  These were faith-builders.

But normally, if I have my “druthers,” I’d stay home, safe in my rocking chair, and leave the adventuring to others.  Adventuring is scary.  I’d have to face my fears and limitations.  Things I can’t handle.  I’d be forced to depend entirely on God, my Shepherd and companion.

When He holds out His hand, looks into my eyes and asks me to go on an adventure beyond my comfort zone, will I go?  Or will I chicken out and miss the thrill?  I must remember He won’t take me where He will not keep me.

Yes, Lord—help me say yes whenever those times come.

Seeing Mom

On the eve of Mother’s Day, I looked for pictures of my mom to post.  There are too few.  The best ones I hold in my mind’s eye:

–Frosting two-layer birthday cakes with fluffy frosting while I sat on a stool and watched, then decorating them with fresh flowers

–Playing the piano and singing, just for the joy of it

–Her million-dollar smile

–Mom and Dad smooching in the doorway as their paths crossed—and again, and again  Smile

–Painting flannelgraph figures with water colors, backing them with flannel and cutting them out, then teaching Bible stories to a group of eager kids

–Packing impromptu picnics and going to enjoy them at a nearby park (or the back yard)

–Organizing and directing a church choir

–Preparing her standard dishes for a church potluck and being happy when we had lots left to eat at home

–Teaching me to iron, sew, polish shoes, cook…

–Making up my bed with fresh sheets when I was sick

–Begging Dad to stop the car and take pictures of breathtaking scenery

–And much more. 

Thank you, God, for giving me a mom who loved You, Dad, and me—in that order.  Please tell her hello for me on this special day.

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