Saturday, January 30, 2016

Further and Deeper...

In no time at all the golden sun melted the white frost blanketing the fields surrounding our home this morning. Not a single cloud stood between heaven and earth once its warming rays hurdled the horizon and drenched my world with infused light. Hardy grass, which has remained green throughout the winter, shook off the chill, stiffened, and reached upward gathering in warmth and life-giving energy. Bluebirds, cardinals, and ground sparrows chirped and foraged. All of creation seemed happy.

With a smile and wonder, I greeted the brilliant skies. Attaching the trailer to the four-wheeler, soon  it was heaped with a mound of branches winds had torn from the trunks and sturdier limbs of trees, scattering them across our landscape. Less than one-hundred yards away was my destination for the load of twigs and pine cones. At the edge of the pond was a circle of stones forming the fire pit where I would deposit them.

But my journey this day was so much fuller than the trailer and further than the fireplace. At one point I stopped mid-stride and thought...

Is there anything more fragrant than a wood fire? Is there not a mystical quality to the twisting, slow-dance of the wispy blue smoke teased by slight breezes? What about the kingfisher chattering and nervously zipping back and forth across the pond--does it not quicken something inside me? And the screeching hawk way up there in the sky, does it not stir within me longings for adventure? Those  geese unseen, but not unheard, do they not inspire a flight with like-minded companions to new discoveries?

Sometimes we go furthest and live deepest when we stand still...

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Today and Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning Justin, Erika, and The Amazing Wyatt leave for Atlanta. From there they fly back to Boston. Meagan, Josh and Sammy left a few days ago. This has been the best Christmas we have experienced in many years. I'm grateful that our kids all love and enjoy each other's company, and the company of their parents. As a family, we attended church together for the first time in years, ate great food, watched Elf, played games, hung out, and gifted each other with thoughtful presents.

Wyatt had the time of his life. Seeing him drive the little electric F150 all over The Shire, steering the RZR through fields, trails, and along the swollen Standing Boy Creek, all the while seated in Papa's lap filled us with a joy that only a grandchild can deliver. Our little wolf cub caught a fish from our pond, and woke up every morning calling out for me. We lavished love on him in doses that far exceeded the record rains that caused epic flooding here in the southeast.

Tonight, toys that have been scattered all over the house have been be packed away. But soon Wyatt's buddy, Moose, will liberate them and strew them every which way across the living room floor. In no time, that little guy will be sitting behind the wheel of the electric truck, rather than being chauffeured by Wyatt. And we will love it!

Tomorrow it's back to work for the big people. Tomorrow night the house will be eerily quiet...

Friday, January 1, 2016

Enough is Enough...

Between its opening page on January 1 and its closing page of December 31, a book of memories penned in a journal, or written on our hearts, bears record to the uniqueness of 2015.

Most of us have a short-list of do overs--situations we would revisit and redo. Why? One reason is we have gained wisdom and perspective. Looking back we know a different decision would have resulted in a better conclusion. On the other hand, behind us is history we have no desire to revisit or revamp--once was enough! Events we wouldn't have chosen--were choice an option--occurred, but satisfaction is found in that we kept our nose to the grindstone, trudged on, and broke through. Like Weebles we wobbled, but did not fall down (or at the least didn't stay down). Enough. Yep, enough is enough!

In 2016 the unknown and unexpected awaits. There will be delights and there will be disappointments. But there is One who lives outside of time and is there at all times, and we know that the plans He has for us are good. And that is enough!