On the Perch at Last

Well, it only took 3 days, but I finally got to sneak away to my favorite perch for about an hour this morning. I’d say I’m glad about it, but I don’t want to hear it.

The trip so far has been kind of wild. I’m learning a bit about this parenting thing, and how it affects our routines (shut up Ted). I’m not complaining, mind you. I just have 8 years of these trips in my head, and like my OCD brother, I have certain routines I like to maintain. With a little one, those routines change. I’m learning. Anyway, there hasn’t been a lot of “quiet time” this trip. Yesterday, we spent 8 hours at the Fun Factory, an indoor arcade/amusement park. Lets just say that 500 kids, 150 video games, bumpercars, putt-putt, and skee-ball for 8 hours is not quite mountain serenity at it’s finest. Oh, it was fun, but I needed some serious quiet time this morning.

To help facilitate daddy’s wish, Baby C woke up at her customary 7 am. I put her in bed with us, hoping she’d sleep a little longer. No such luck, but it turned out ok. Once I took care of her breakfast, Amanda gave me the ok to take off. So take off, I did.

The pic above is the view from where I like to sit. I figured there would be people there when I got there, but to my suprise, I had it all to myself. I picked my spot, and began to read in Psalms. About that time, the landscaping crew appeared with the mega-mower. I began to repeat the words of Kosmo Karmer “Serenity now…serenity now.” Thank the Lord, with a mower that size, they moved on pretty quick. I thoroughly enjoyed the time.

God has really been working in me this week. I’ve realized just how selfish I am most of the time. Well…all the time. This week, I’ve had to die to myself repeatedly, to my desires, to my wishes. I’ve been praying to be more like Christ, and to do that, I have to die to myself. I was really grumpy the first couple of days, because things weren’t going my way. I got very convicted about that. If Jesus gave up heaven to come down here and die that we might live, the VERY least I can do is die to a little selfishness.

A good friend of mine told me that, if God shows you something in Scripture, He’s going to work that out in your life. He’s doing it in me. And I’m thankful. I’m in the most beautiful place in our state. I’m surrounded by my family, by love. I’m off work (thanks Ted and Keith), and I’m glad (fire away boys).

“Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us up with benefits, the God of our salvation!” Ps. 68:19

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