Like these jack-o-lantern smiles that I just cannot get enough of...
or Georgia snuggling in bed with me when she first wakes up whispering, "Mama ! I had a good sleep!"
The other day Doug got to help interview our good friends who are adopting from Ethiopia in front of our church. While they went to speak for the second service I took their kids and ours and drove around. So 5 kids age 7 and under can have some awesome wacky conversations. At one point, out of the blue Carter shouted, "I know all about catlle guards!" and proceeded to tell us all about them!
This brought up such a vivid image for me and God has used it over and over again for the last few days. I am not sure that I am totally done chewing it over but I wanted to share. You see I feel like we are in limbo/waiting on a number of things right now, Georgia's health stuff, Ravenna's blood stuff...we are moving to Hood River sometime next month but not sure when yet. Lots of little and not so little stuff. So when Carter brought up cattle guards it just made me smile.
You see, back in my 20's I worked at Young Life's Wilderness Ranch (in fact I just looked up their website and their promo video is still one that was taken from a trip I guided, how crazy is that? http://www.younglife.org/ResourceLibrary/Videos/YoungLifeCamping/WildernessRanchCampVideos.htm). It is a tiny backpacking camp. I got to guide groups of teenagers on week-long backpacking trips and teach them about Jesus. Some of those trips still burn so brightly in my memory.
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the LORD’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.”