Thursday, October 26, 2006

Timing


Dennis and I had a day off together yesterday--we were so thrilled to get a chance to just be together. What to do? There was a whole list of fun day trips, projects, movies, topics to discuss, we didn't know what to do. And it was a beautiful fall day.

We settled on a little bit of everything. We went to the gym, out for breakfast, cleaned the garage, organized the laundry room, had a friend over, went out for a walk, had cider and donuts from QD instead of going to the cider mill at St. John's. We made dinner out of venison steaks that a friend from work gave Dennis and some salad and sweet potato slices sauteed in olive oil. I went to help out at ESL. What a day--we had a little fun along with the chores. It really didn't matter what we did, as long as we were together.

Garage cleaning seems to be an annual event, along with clearing the gutters, planting tulip bulbs and putting hoses and patio furniture away before winter begins. All summer long, we keep adding to the clutter in the garage through projects and outdoor activities, and by fall we can't fit both our cars in anymore. In the mid west, people actually use the garage to park their cars. It saves time taking off snow and warming the vehicles up. The emptiness of our garage sort of was depressing. Buttercup spent some time in there occasionally, and her stuff needed to be put away. It was sad.

The sadness we felt continued on as we took a walk. We usually walk Buttercup, so it was strange not to have her along with us. We nearly went to Petsmart and pick up a dog, but we didn't. Maybe later. We want a puppy, but don't want to housebreak it during the winter.

Timing is everything.

"To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born , and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." Ecclesiastes 3:2-8, KJV

I spend most of my days with my eyes on the clock, trying to determine what the best time to do things are. To take out garbage before it gets dark. To give my team their breaks at work. To say a difficult thing to another friend. To get involved in someone else's life. To listen to a peer as she pours out her heart. To pray. To bake. To run away.

And it's hard, because every choice has consequences down the road. If I focus on one part, another part gets left behind. And one never knows what's going to happen.

Hence, more prayer is required. Because, I don't know everything. God knows. He is sovereign. He is good. He doesn't drop any balls. I need to know what He thinks.

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