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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Caught Up in a Moment with You

Yesterday, I had a list a mile long.  And really, it is a little unrealistic to be all:  Leave the laundry!, Don't worry about going to Home Depot for the light bulbs!  That guy can totally wait on that return email!  Who cares if you make it to Costco today!  Carpe Diem!

Let's be honest.  My people need to wear clean clothes.  They need to be able to see when they're doing homework.  That person deserves the respect of a response and perhaps we could exist on leftovers for a bit, but toilet paper is not a trivial item.

Yesterday, I had also planned to take Drew to Cox Farms, our local Fall Festival/Pumpkin Patch, for what likely would be the last time since he's eight years old and before I know it, he just won't think that going on tractor rides and climbing on hay bales is cool anymore.  I sat outside the school while I waited for him to come out so that I could surprise him with our trip to Cox's.  I sighed and thought with disappointment that I didn't get even half of the list done today. 

But if I have learned anything in the last few months it is that I am not promised tomorrow.  My little red headed freckle faced boy is NOT promised tomorrow.  So, as I watched the children filing out of the school, I acknowledged that all of those things on my list were important.  But I also prayed with everything that I had.  Please, Lord, let me live this moment.  Please, Lord, help me not ignore what is right in front of me and let my mind wander to a day in the future that is not guaranteed You have given me this today, Lord:  this sunshine, these fall leaves, those chubby, orange pumpkins and this little boy.  Please, Lord, let me be present for him and for me.  Let me get caught up in this moment.

I did.

“What day is it?"
It's today," squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day," said Pooh.”
A.A. Milne

 “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

 “Happiness, not in another place but this place...not for another hour, but this hour.”
Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

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