August 2007

Amidst my busy schedule…God is near

My friend Joyce posted a blog the other day about how much time she spends working on her flower gardens and not enough time enjoying them. She had bought several items that were supposed to attract hummingbirds but she was frustrated because she hadn’t seen one of these unique birds yet. So one day, she decided she was just going to sit outside and watch. To her amazement she discoverd that many hummingbirds were visiting her garden, but she was always just too busy to see them.

Her story really spoke to me and challenged me as well. The day after reading her post I found myself outside watering the yard and flowers. I was “trying” really hard to relax when I had a wave of stress and guilt come over me. I could hear my boys inside playing and I began to think, “what am I doing out here, I’m wasting my time. I need to be inside doing laundry and playing with them and getting ready for work.” I couldn’t stop thinking of all of the things that I had to do that day and of all the things that I could be in the house doing right at that moment. Then I thought, “no, I’m going to stand out here and enjoy this time of peacefullness and listen to the rythmn of the sprinkler hitting the leaves of my plants.

As an important sidenote, I must say that I have a terrible fear of flying/stinging insects. So much so that I often panic and start crying when they are around. (silly I know) But, at that time of feeling all of the sress I heard my worst fear…bbbzzzzzzzz….I looked around ducking and found that it was not a bee, but it was a hummingbird!!! I couldn’t believe it. That is the only hummingbird I’ve EVER seen at my house!! I felt God telling me that He loved me and appreciated me loving His creation.

God really uses nature to speak to me, it’s AWESOME! Honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve sensed His presence like that. I feel as if He’s drawing me near to prepare me for something. Maybe not though. Maybe He’s just drawing me near to simply be near to me. I am His daughter you know.

Quick little ditty about my reunion!

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled with my family North to Lee’s Summit, MO to attend my 10 Year High School Reunion. I couldn’t belive it had been that long, but I think everyone says that right? It was a whirl-wind trip. We arrived in Lee’s Summit at 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning and left at 11:50 p.m. Saturday night.

Then, that’s right folks, we drove all night!!! Well, we had to get back for church. You would have done the same thing I’m sure. Maybe not, we’re a little crazy sometimes.

The reunion was strange to say the least. We had a good time, but it was weird to see people I hadn’t seen in that long. Most people looked the same just a little older. I got to see my best friend Alisha and her husband which was pretty cool. My other really good friends weren’t there. One lives in England and the other in Oregon.

The real fun started about 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning when I was jamming to The Cranberries Greatest Hits! I had that stereo so loud so I wouldn’t fall asleep. My boys didn’t seem to have any problems sleeping through it.

Not much more to say about that really. I probably won’t see most of those people until the next reunion. It really gave me some perspective on high school. Now, if I can only explain all of this to our teens at church who freak out if they have a bad hair day!