Last Sunday we were blessed with the presence of some BIG HAIRY ANGELS who came and spent the day helping Bruce with firewood. Cutting, splitting, stacking-- the whole bit! Whoo Hoo! We heat entirely with wood heat so seeing the woodshed filling back up is both a comfort and a big sigh of relief! Today these good friends are coming back to join Bruce at another location where some really really big chunks (logs) of wood are waiting the same fate. They will get a lot done in a short amount of time I am sure.
It's a real sacrifice in my opinion to give up a Sunday afternoon to help us but these brothers in Christ just love to love! They actually intend to start a firewood ministry in our church to help out those who have no resource for firewood. What a great idea!
Anyway, last Sunday I wasn't feeling so grand and the cupboards were pretty bare so offering those guys a treat when they finished their work wasn't possible. This week we've had payday and shopping happen and I feel ready and able to bless in return.
In addition, I've been reading my blog from a year ago when we were challenged beyond belief with vehicle troubles. It was literally one thing after another, one day right after the other. I was reminded as I was reading and questioning the What's and the Why's of it all, that sometimes life is just HARD. But in the grand scheme of things, it really is just a BLIP. It's not God punishing us or trying to teach us a lesson. It's just life as we know it here on earth. My job isn't to try and figure it all out, but to persevere in the face of it. To not lose faith. Yes, I admitted yesterday to feeling exhausted from being in crisis mode. That doesn't mean I failed somehow in my belief that God is faithful or providing for me. We all get tired and lose our way occasionally. Sometimes, as a blogger buddy said recently, we lose our SPARKLE.
But give me some down time, some prayer time, some creative writing time and I'll be back up and ready to shine. I have something infinitely better in my future so the things that happen around me are just that: things.
I am storing up treasures in HEAVEN that no earthy prize can ever compete or compare to.