Too bad life doesn’t give us rewinds, at least not in the sense that we can actually go back and change history. That’s the stuff of fantasy sci-fi like my husband writes about. Which is probably a good thing, actually. If I could go back in an attempt to correct my mistakes (of which there are many) I would probably just muck things up even worse. So, in that sense, being stuck in the present must be part of God’s good grace.
Having said that, if you’re old enough to be reading this, then it’s safe to say you’re in the burgeoning company of folks that, at sometime in our lives, have breathed out the words,
“Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time….” Continue reading “On second thought, perhaps not.”
I like to consider myself I an at least somewhat responsible parent, but for some reason, I don’t know why, I seemed to have a mental block when it came to remembering orthodontic appointments for my kids during that phase of our lives. Thanks to our dear orthodontist (and his secretary!) for their good graces and common sense to make routine phone reminder phone calls. I’m sure it saved them money for missed appointments and I console myself that I probably was not the only one. But even if I was, I’m still glad I had the reminder!
To this day, I’m not offended with reminders. I live with sticky notes. I email myself from work to home, and vice versa. I tell people to call me. If I don’t write it down, it’s a gonner. There are just so many brain cells for Continue reading “Where are my sticky notes??”
God has such a sense of humor.
“God answered, ‘I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain…'”
Why would God tell Moses that He would confirm this commission AFTER this little errand had been completed?
I repeat, God has such a sense of humor.
This comment marks the beginning of Moses’ courageous “but, God…!?!” speech. Not that I would have done any better, to be sure. I love that he begins at this most uninspiring place and ends up in the Hebrews 11 hall of fame, but that’s another story….
God graciously proceeds to give a few more confirmations: You will find Continue reading “But, God…!”
“Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.”
Many of us know the backstory, even if it’s just from Charlton Heston’s iconic portrayal, or even Disney’s animated version. The people of Israel had been rescued from a catastrophic famine by the Hebrew patriarch Joseph who had become the Number Two chariot in Egypt. God had sovereignly brought the “nation” of Israel (only about seventy people at that time) all the way from the Promised Land to be provided for during the remaining five years of crop failure.
The only problem was that the remaining five years was over….400 years ago.
Fast forward to the current story. The Continue reading “The welcome mat was threadbare”
Call me weird (and it’s okay, probably others already have) but I LOVE frogs and lizards and snakes and turtles. I’ve been known to find fascinating specimens in our yard during early morning gardening, and taken it in to visit my husband who is still in bed.
As I said…weird.
But definitely one of my favorites would be the croaking/jumping beastie. They come in all sizes and colors, and they sing me to sleep on summer nights. I don’t know the difference between frogs and toads, and I don’t particularly care; that’s my biology-teacher husband’s department. But it’s just always a treasure to find them and hold them, to which Bob (the soft-hearted nature-loving guy that he is) always says, “put him down, he’s a scared little creature!”
That said, I will qualify my love of all things herpetologic by adding that I Continue reading “Frog legs for dinner…again?”