Last week I was very busy and tired. I usually top up the gas tank in my truck when it gets down to half. I get better gas mileage that way. But last week I was too busy to get to the gas station. I’ve never run out of gas, but I remember when my dad passed a gas station on our trip to Ohio. He was thinking that the next station would be cheaper. At home the gas was in the twenty-cent range, but on the highway, it was up to the forty-cent range. Well, he never made it to the next station. My dad walked back to the gas station we had passed. He didn’t get back to the car until dark. Then he had to return the gas can to get his deposit back and fill up the car.
So last week I put my gas can in the truck, just in case. It had some gas in it that I use for the lawn mower. I told Badona we were “living on the edge!” We went to the YMCA for our swim before running errands. It would be out of the way to get gas first; besides, we needed to get to the Shell station to take advantage of Five-cents Off Thursday plus our Kroger fuel points. Well, we made it! My truck drank $49 worth with the discounts!
January is over. It seemed to only last about a week! Every month we change our filters; and I’m sure I just did it!
Looking over my January calendar page, I had marked every day. I flipped the page to February and saw that there are a lot of days already marked there. I kept flipping the pages and saw days marked all the way to the first week of May. I took the calendar down and started marking days for fishing. March 16 is now planned to be my first fishing day for this year. I hope it will be a good day and that the shad will bite.
I’m scheduling one day a week to go fishing. I’m supposed to be retired, but we are busier now than when we were working. We thank the Lord for His Spirit to give us His strength and wisdom to keep serving Him. And I pray for good fishing weather. All our plans are in His hands.
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.
Badona and I just recently joined the YMCA in Sandston. They have a nice swimming pool, and that is what we joined for—to swim. We have been there twice already. We’re starting slow. When you swim, you seem to use every muscle in your body.
The Y is very clean, and the showers are powerful. The staff is very polite and helpful. The only problem we have is that it takes two hours out of the day, so we have to give up something. We are busy, retired people working for the Lord, and we have projects. We need to figure it out. Just as I make time early in the morning for personal Bible study and prayer, thinking about what I have read. Sometimes I’m inspired to write. There is no way I would ever start my day without spending this special time with God. It makes you spiritually stronger to meet the challenges of the day. So I usually go to bed by 8:30 pm and get up automatically at 4:30 am. I don’t want to do anything that will keep me up at night even if it is church work. I don’t want to make my mind foggy in the morning.
We also make time for worship together every evening at 7:15 pm. Now we are trying to make time for swimming together. Badona likes swimming, and it’s another thing that we can set time together to do. When you put God first in your life, He provides and somehow He provides more time. You know the old saying, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” I believe that God wants us to be organized and grounded in Christ.