One of the hardest things to do in life is to wait on the Lord. We are always so busy. I think the busy life starts when you first go to school. And it doesn’t even stop at retirement. We rush off to everywhere.
I remember when our daughter was at VCU. Some nights she stayed up all night and rushed out in the morning to get to class. That’s what we were taught: rush to school, rush to work, rush through meals, and maybe rush to bed. We are also taught to hurry at work. There are deadlines to be met. I have even rushed to church. With all that rushing, we may neglect to spend time with God. That time cannot be rushed. Remember, we can’t develop well-rounded, strong characters on a diet of spiritual snacks.
On Wednesday last week, my sister in North Dakota sent my sister here in Mechanicsville a picture of the thermometer showing it was 69° inside her house and 0° outside.
It was 17° here Friday morning when I went outside to feed the cats. I put on my coat, hat, gloves, and slip-on shoes. As I walked across the deck, my shoes were trying to stick to the deck. They make a loud suction sound as I picked up each foot. My feet are hot and were melting the cold surface of the deck. I thought, if I stand still, I’ll freeze to the deck. It made me think about how I need to keep growing in Christ. If I stop growing, thinking that I have arrived, I’ll freeze in place, never to be able to do anything that is productive for Him.
I am not a shopper. As a matter of fact, I don’t care for it and don’t want to know how much things cost. Prices have gone up a lot in my lifetime. I’ve mentioned before about the price of mayonnaise. If my wife asked me to go to the store and get something, there’s a good chance I would come back with nothing. “Do we really need it?” One time she made her own mayonnaise.
We went to the Dollar General Store recently. It reminded me of what Big Lots used to be like. Big Lots used to have a fishing area where I bought my daughter a tackle box and fishing lures. Some people said that the fishing lures were seconds; but they caught fish, and I still use them now although I’ve lost most of them.
Shop responsibly. Think about what you are buying. Do you really need it? Will it help your spiritual growth? We don’t want so many things that would tie us down to this earth or to be dependent on things more than our Savior. Today we are spending most of God’s money on gasoline!
I’ve been trying to call a lady who we go to church with, and I haven’t been able to get her. The reason I couldn’t reach her was because I couldn’t tell the difference between a “5” and a “6”. Anyway, Badona dialed the number; and I got her answering machine and left a message. My wife has been bugging me to get my eyes checked and get real glasses. I have broken several pairs of cheap reading glasses, and I sure would hate to break expensive glasses.
Some of the men who I hang out with are surprised that I don’t take Viagra at my age. I said, “Why should I do that? I’m already going blind and deaf!” I have no problem seeing when it’s time to go fishing. Johnny called today at 9 am; “Let’s go fishing!” We caught lots of fish, and the cats will be eating catfish for three meals or more. He wanted to take his boat out one last time before he towed it home. I thank him for taking me this year. We are blessed by the Best!