Monday, October 02, 2006

soaked

Let's recap.

In the past few weeks, the following has occurred:
  • September 5th: Am fired.
  • September 7th: Cell phone dies.
  • September 9th: Internet dies.
  • September 13th: Offered job.
  • September 15th: Accepted job.
  • September 18th: Refused job.
Add to this adventure Kate and Paul's engagement, various parental issues, a scattered job hunt, the six-month mark with A. and me, a threat to be sued, three intensive counselling sessions, allergies, and a general mid-midlife crisis.

This weekend was a great conference at TACF Airport, aka: The Mothership. Listening to Heidi Baker on Saturday, as always, put things into perspective. She spoke on John 15: 1-8...

"He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful...Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."


"Remain, remain, remain," she intimated during the evening service. "Why is that so difficult for the first world to understand?" It's true. I was just saying to A. on the phone the other day: I've traveled to India where I battled heat, exhaustion, illness, culture shock, and various other turmoils for three months...but the past three weeks have been more difficult by far. I can feel myself being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d.

After significant downtime at the conference, and many more words of comfort from speakers, friends, and God, I felt nearly drunk with relaxation by the end of Saturday night. Not only that, but I feel as if the winds are changing...

I once again closed my eyes in hope, saying quietly to myself: "Tomorrow!"
- Andrea Giovene ("The Dilemma of Love")

2 comments:

A.J. said...

Oh Poor Chicken!

Yes, change winds change!

Andrew G said...

your faithfulness to HIS VOICE ALONE astounds me sometimes Sarah...

Psalm 91:9-16
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling-- even the Lord, who is my refuge-- 10 then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 "Because [SARAH] loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue [SARAH]; I will protect [SARAH], for [SARAH] acknowledges my name. 15 [SARAH] will call upon me, and I will answer [SARAH]; I will be with [SARAH] in trouble, I will deliver [SARAH] and honor [SARAH]. 16 With long life will I satisfy [SARAH] and show [SARAH] my salvation."