Today I’m re-starting something on the blog called “Monday Miscellaneous.” The basic idea is that I’ll be sharing a combination of random thoughts every Monday that probably won’t tie together in any specific way, hence the name “Monday Miscellaneous” … yes, I am just that creative.
- Unfortunately there hasn’t been much going on in our lives over the past few weeks. We’ve only packed up our house in Maryland, moved to Indiana, unpacked a majority of our boxes, started a new position at Sugar Grove Church, have met so many new people that my mind is about ready to explode, and have been seeking to learn what it means to live life in Goshen once again. Other than that, it’s been relatively boring summer.
- We did have some time off before I officially started at the Sugar Grove, which was such a huge blessing to our family. We tried to make the most of it because we knew that once we landed in Indiana, the craziness would begin. We went to Maine with the family. It was such a relaxing and refreshing trip. In all honesty, we were not excited about the trip because it was scheduled right in the middle of us trying to pack up our house. We had so much to do and we didn’t think that taking a week off was going to help us get anything done. But, in the midst of the craziness, we took a break and were able to refresh and pour into each other and it was exactly what our family needed. Here are a few pics from Maine:
- Carol and I were also able to get way together for a weekend trip to New York City. That was also exactly what the two of us needed at the time. It was so nice to just be together and focus on each other for a couple of days. Some highlights:
- We walked a total of 60,582 steps (which is roughly 27 miles).
- I probably ate 60,582 calories (which is roughly 27 pounds) consisting of bagels, food trucks, and random things Carol dared me to eat off the sidewalk.
- I was only cursed at once by a local, so I take that as a win.
- We saw a couple of Broadway shows. If you ever have a chance to see Come from Away, I highly recommend it! The cast was amazing. The story itself was very inspiring. It was based on true events from 9/11. And, it was incredibly entertaining. I would see it again in a heartbeat.
- We’ve also had some really good family time lately. Here are a couple of pictures from the last few weeks …
- We officially landed in IN on July 22ndand were immediately greeted with overwhelming hospitality. We arrived to a house that was fully stocked with food and toiletries. About 20 minutes after we arrived, we had, not one … not two … not three or four … but FIVE different families show up with meals for us. We were then invited over to someone else’s home for dinner and were treated to a wonderful meal with several other families that it was great to get to know. And, they sent us home with even more food! My wife told me many times how nice it was for her to not have to think about making any meals for several days … especially in the middle of unpacking.
- I recently read a book that spoke of following God’s leading. There was a short passage in the book that has been really helpful for me to remember during this time of transition: If “having peace about it” were the ultimate criterion for going through open doors, nobody in the Bible would have done anything God asked. The sequence in the Bible is usually not:
- Deep feeling of peace about it
- Decision to obey
- Smooth sailing.
Instead, it’s usually:
- Abject terror
- Decision to obey
- Big problems
- More terror
- Second thoughts
- Repeat several times
- Deeper faith
The Holy Spirit is always looking to take us into a deeper trust relationship with Jesus and that is certainly happening in my life right now. With His help, I’m fighting to believe the Gospel which promises the loving embrace of a Savior at all times and in every situation. I’m trusting the truth of Hebrews 12 which reminds me to “run with endurance the race that is set before me, looking to Jesus, the Founder and Perfecter of my faith.” The prayer I have for myself and for my family right now is that we will keep our eyes on Him and begin to look more and more like Him as He continues to perfect our faith and shape us into His image.