…Walking out of my mom’s country house in the evening and being captivated by the sight of innumerable fireflies twinkling in every direction. “Wow,” my mom said after I convinced her to come outside and take a look, “I feel like I haven’t seen these in so long!” It truly was incredible, and their brilliance increased as my eyes adjusted to the darkness. Few times in my life have I ever seen that many of the tiny creatures.
…Bracing the steering wheel and holding it steady while seeing a deer run full speed from the side of the highway in the direction of my car. Driving at over 65 mph, I was quite relieved when the animal veered behind me and gently brushed my rear bumper without injury. Cruzer sat calmly in the back seat, high on life and completely unaware of what could have been.
…Enjoying a book signing at one of my favorite Northwoods stores. Many enjoyable interactions were had with people both young and old, including one was with an elderly woman who, after stopping at my table and talking for a few minutes, picked up my ‘Fingerprints of God’ book and asked me if I was a Christian. “I should have known, for I could see it in your eyes,” she said with a smile after I answered yes. Her comment and the candor of her words surprised me, especially since I was feeling a bit distant from God that afternoon.
…Driving the ski boat at the northern camp, which I have embraced as one of my earthly homes, and hearing the sounds of laughter coming from parents as they watched their children bounce up and down in the tube (or get thrown out of it). Their laughter, along with the fun-filled screams that came from some of the tubers, was a pleasant reminder of why I am grateful to be a part of the ministry.
…The joy of visiting family and friends; of sharing laughter, food, and life with them, along with the usual melancholy that came when having to depart. Though we never know what tomorrow holds, and should take this to heart, hope and anticipation of seeing them again soon remains within me.
Thank you God for all things; for yesterday, today and what is to come.
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18