Sunday, May 18, 2008
I stopped to get a burrito yesterday for lunch at the airport...I set my travel bag up on the counter so I could relieve my arm for a second of the weight of all of my belongings I was hauling around. I forgot that my work ID badge was attached to the outside but the man behind the counter noticed it first thing. He asked me where my church was and what I did there. I told him. He proceeded to tell me that he and his wife had been in ministry but God had moved them to Nashville and they still didn't know exactly why but they knew that God's timing was for them to leave when they did because "when people stay to long it doesn't allow for the things they have planted and poured into to grow..." or something like that...he talked about how God didn't need them there, he had used them and moved them on and was still doing his work and if they had stayed they would have gotten in the way of the work God was doing. People were to comfortable with things staying as they were. Complacency.
And so, they moved. He asked if he could pray for me and he took my name. I was determined not to forget his but of course my mind doesn't always cooperate with what I want so it's gone for now...it was something middle eastern sounding...oh well. I remember his face and his words. At the end he said that he wanted to leave me with one word. "God is restoring all things to the way they should be."
I believe that is true.
There is a principle of pruning that applies to everything. Getting rid of things so that new things can grow. Sometimes in pruning you even cut away things that are full of life so that more growth can come, you don't just cut away the dead things.
pruning still involves cutting and while good in the long run, it is still a process of change.
I am ready for some changes. Not careless ones that have no purpose...that's not my style...but changes. From being single to being married. From thinking of myself to thinking of us. From small decisions that matter to no one to small decisions that are a big deal to one other person. And that's just the beginning of the list of things that are changing.
So Much to Love
I love people. I love bright eyes. I love my sons, Judah & Lucas. I love laughing. I love my ringtone. I love love. I love Jesus. I love tattoos. I love milk. I love creative expression. I love smiles. I love Philippians. I love bridges. I love my house and haven. I love a rainy night. I love doing nothing. I love almonds and banana chips. I love music. I love cowboy hats. I love Anna Maria Island. I love (diet) dr.pepper. I love a good story. I love wildflowers. I love to fly. I love rod iron. I love babies. I love going to the movies. I love midnight. I love allegra. I love sunsets. I love long kisses. I love the color red. I love starshollow. I love community. I love doing life with friends. I love witty banter. I love jessilynn.com. I love my family. I love pretty things. I love cruisin' with my girls. I love remembering when. I love authentic individuals. I love hot tamales. I love when kids giggle. I love Lance. I love bonfires. I love finding people I thought I'd lost. I love yard sales. I love tacobell. I love seeing people do good. I love violins and steel guitar. I love driving to the airport. I love seeing people around me succeed at their dreams. I love being included. I love flipflops. I love blogging. I love long talks. I love dreaming.