Thursday, December 11, 2008

Been Busy

It's that time of the year when my office at work (and consequently my kitchen table at home) both get buried under a mountain of mail that needs to get postaged-up.

I've been bringing boxes and cartons home every afternoon and attaching labels, or customs declarations, or packing tape to puffy envelopes most evenings this week.

This is not blogging material. There is no way I can make my current, just-before-Christmas-life sound remotely interesting, so I haven't posted a single thought. Sorry, September ... I know you've misssed me.

By tomorrow I should be done.
Bob and Marilyn at the Canada Post Distribution Centre are becoming my best friends. I've hung out with them more this week than with anyone else.

Oh, wait, I did do something on Wednesday night... Drew and I watched The Dark Knight on Blu Ray. I never managed to see it when it was released earlier this year. Partly because I couldn't find anyone to go with, and partly because I didn't try very hard to find someone. I love Heath Ledger and I was hesitant to see him in this role just like it's hard to visit someone who's dying in the hospital and you don't want to remember them all shriveled and tube-filled.

The movie was good. But, uhh, darker than I like. More light-hearted conversation between Batman and Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine would have been welcome at certain intervals. I enjoy guy-banter.

At staff devotions on Wednesday, Steve suggested a Bible Study method that was working for him and his wife. Read 2 chapters of the Bible and ask God what He'd like you to take away from those chapters. Just wait for Him to reveal a nugget of truth for you. Just one thought. That's all. Then write it down.

Do this everyday.
And before long, you'll have a list of "one thoughts" written down.

So, I just read Isaiah 40 and 41
Favorite parts are:
"Who always gets things started?
I did. GOD. I'm first on the scene.
I'm also the last to leave."

(I get that. If I'm planning a seminar or event? I'm first on the scene, and last to leave. In control. )

"I've picked you. I haven't dropped you.
Don't panic. I'm with you.
There's no need to fear for I'm your God.
I'll give you strength. I'll help you.
I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."

(While it's comforting to know that He hasn't dropped me, it's even better for my peace of mind to know that He hasn't dropped certain people that I love either. And even if I can't see Him working, even if I don't see any answers to my prayers, even if it looks like a hopeless situation, He says, "I haven't dropped them. ")

"I, your God have a firm grip and I'm not letting go.
I'm telling you, "Don't panic.
"I'm right here. Helping.
Do not be afraid."

So what did God want me to 'get' this evening?
That He is not letting go.

And I so needed to hear that.

Three things I'm thankful for:
1. The Office starts in 12 minutes.
2. By 2:30pm tomorrow - all the mail that I have been preparing will be Canada Post's responsibilty.
3. I remembered to clean the furnace filter this afternoon. My house is warmer.


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