Saturday, August 23, 2014

No lawsuits, please...

Disclaimer:  This is not intended as a restaurant review.  (I reviewed a VRBO home experience - giving it a 3 star rating - and was threatened with a lawsuit by the owner.  This is not a review, it's an observation..)

DW and I went to Ashland for lunch yesterday.  Not a big deal to some, but a very big deal to me.  We don't get a lot of time alone together these days so a date day is crazy fun for me.

We chose to eat at a place that has unique, fresh menu items.  We were given a "creekside table" - yay!  (The hostess even said, "creekside table" with a "you're so lucky" attitude!)  Doesn't that sound great?
On the other side of my line of vision was quite a bit of activity.  Evidently, the storage/stock room was closer to me than the creek was!  Boy, was it busy.  There was a food delivery while we were there, and many items needed by the kitchen for preparation.
It was time for a choice.  (I am growing to hate extremely dislike having to be mature.)  "Jeanette, (I say to my mature self), "what will you choose to focus on - right now - choose.  How much it bugs you to watch people go in and out to get carrots and pasta?  The delivery guy who brought boxes up the cement stairs behind us on his wheeled delivery thingy - one clunk at a time?"  

OR

The chance to be with Dennis.  And the chance to hear & see water from the creek (which you COULD hear if you tuned out the other noise and busyness)."

This is the kind of choice we make every day.  Sometimes minute by minute.  "WHAT WILL I CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON?"

What you focus on will grow.  For me - during yesterday's lunch - it was the choice of peace on one side and frustration on the other.  I could choose to listen with intention to DW, or be distracted by disappointment.  

That pretty much sums up my every day choices right now.  Circumstances yell for my attention, my emotional involvement, fuels my need to want to fix,  but  - rubber meets the road - it's my decision what I will magnify with my attention.  Joy, peace, beauty, God's faithfulness, any ol' blessing that comes around.  Right now I focus on, "where sin abounds, grace does much MORE abound"  (Rom. 5:20)

Oh magnify the LORD with me and let us exalt His Name together.  I sought the LORD and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  Psalm 34:3 - 4

Saturday, August 9, 2014

No duct tape in sight...


I love the Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA.  The design is unique and amazing - and it's useful!


 Jack and I on the Sundial Bridge


The deck of the bridge is glass.  The support cables have a beauty of their own.  It's stable.  It's beautiful...I would say it's magnificent.  (Yes, I really like this bridge.)  It's well thought out and purpose-filled.

Jeremiah 1:5 tells us - "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.  And before you were born I consecrated you..."

The biggest achievement of this bridge is one that many people miss.  It's so easy to be entranced by the glass and the structure and the view that it's easy to miss it's bigger purpose.  One thing this bridge attracts is spiders.  It's even easy to be distracted by the shear volume of spiders that find housing on this bridge.  (Yuck.)

THE BIGGER PURPOSE - to tell time.  Yes, the bridge is beautiful, but I've watched people walk along side the time line where the shadow falls and not notice that it's TELLING US THE TIME OF DAY.  A-MAZING.

Psalm 139:14 - I will give thanks to You,  for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.

Here's what comes to mind - - - 
The way God masterfully constructs our journey has incredible beauty, strength and purpose behind it.  We might not always see that.  

We can easily be distracted by what is easily seen with our eyes, and find it hard to remember that each piece, each day, each moment fits together to make something magnificent....purposeful.  We will not see the complete picture until heaven, but until that day we can walk with wonder.  A wonder that says....thank You.   Thank You for having perspective that I do not and cannot have.  Thank You for not being random, not duct taping my life (or the life of those I love) together.

And, thank You for the opportunity to be part of something huge.  When I am who You created me to be, Your light will shine and the shadow will point in a way that gives sacred direction.