Friday, May 15, 2009
So if you want to find me, here is where I'll be. What a huge project! But I keep reminding myself that--someday-- half this space will be full of lovely flowers. That's the inspiration.
In just over two weeks we'll have bought this house one year ago--and wow, what a year it's been!
I reminded Tom yesterday that we are much farther along now than we were this time last year. He tends to see what we've not yet accomplished so my job is to remind him how far we've come. He needs me that way. :)
I mean, as of last May 15th, we hadn't even moved all our possessions here (all those boxes!), nor replaced 18 windows or painted four rooms or insulated the house or built a garage or had the barn area dug out and replaced with gravel. The flower beds weren't under control as they are today and half my garden wasn't covered with tarps and hay (to keep it weed-free till I'm ready to use it) and we hadn't replaced all the gardening tools, lawnmower and wheelbarrow which we'd given away (what were we thinking?). We didn't have enough beds, tables, chairs, shelves or dressers. The floors of this main level were an unfinished mess, we didn't have enough rugs for the floors and we had no bird feeders nor birdbath outside the bay window.
And so the list goes.
Your homework? Make a list of all you've accomplished this past year. Why? Because remembering what we've done can inspire us during the slow times, times when it seems we're stuck because before we can do this, we must do that, and before we can do that, we must do this other thing and--. Well, you know.
But by keeping a list of all God helps us to accomplish we're reminded that He'll help us accomplish more. Also, the tiny things on the list encourage us that they, too, count for something--like bricks, each one necessary, to the final project (imagine a building with lots of missing bricks here and there. Not good.). And at the right time, in the right season, everything will get done. The dream will come to pass, probably a bit tweaked, but it will happen.
What remains is to enjoy the journey, the doing, and to learn all the lessons God wishes to teach along the way.
Oh, and yesterday Tom and I saw Last Chance Harvey. Loved it. Watched the last half with tears in my eyes and my throat--my personal sign of a good romance movie. :) No sex or violence, but the language was a little dicey in the first half hour. Nice slow, sweet movie for the time when you're in a mood for one.
"He makes all things beautiful in His time." ... Ecclesiastes 3:11