After a week of helping me unload my attic in Houston, my parents went back to Arkansas today. Arkansas is about eight hours too far away from Houston. It was so helpful … and motivating to have them here while we are in the midst of this big project.
We took a few breaks to attend basketball games, eat some Mexican food and this morning before they left I went up to our elementary school to be the Mystery Reader for Jacob’s class. I walked in and he said … “I KNEW IT WAS YOU” and that was surely the highlight of my day. (The low point may have been when I realized that the book he selected for me, “Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf” - which is hilarious by the way), had a few pages where the reader was required to SING. I feel sure Jacob was regretting the decision to choose that book after he heard about two notes, but I enjoyed it none the less.
So it wasn’t ALL work and no play but it was a lot of work. I unloaded two (yes, I had two … why do you ask?!) junk drawers in my kitchen and it felt SO good. I purged Christmas items, cleaned my pantry and organized some very out of control boxes. While I cleaned out boxes in my house, my dad went to the new house and built shelves in the attic to put my boxes on … I can’t wait to use them!
On Tuesday night my mom and I got to go hear Beth Moore live. She does a Bible Study here in Houston and my mom just might have been on the very front row. She saved me a seat but it took my approximately 54 minutes to find a parking place and I didn’t feel I should walk up to the FRONT ROW while Beth Moore was speaking … so I sat on the floor in the back. Beth packs out the sanctuary, chapel, fellowship hall as well as the floor of the back of the sanctuary. It’s amazing.
The next day I ran out to Katy for my regular Bible Study. The theme this week was fog. You know the feeling of … I have no idea what I’m doing, what are the answers, why is this happening, what do I do? And the leader talked about how God’s word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths … and the light shows us where to go.
It’s funny because I had to take a flashlight up to the attic this week as I worked so I could see better. Then one day a transformer blew and we had no power for four hours … and again, I needed a flashlight. As I’ve thought about the verse from Bible Study (Psalm 119:105 You word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.), I’ve thought about the area the flashlight lit up for me. The light really only illuminated the very next step for me. When I took that step, I could see to make the next step.
I couldn’t see … even with the flashlight … what was deeper into the attic, I could only see the small area where I was standing. And I think that tells me a lot about God’s light in our lives. When it’s foggy, we just need to take one step. We don’t need to know the answer or what it all means or whatever it is that is foggy to us … we just need to take one step in faith … with Him … and keep The Light on our path.
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that He knows the plans He has for us … so really I don’t need to worry about them. I just need to take one step … with the light on my path. There is an old hymn … “One Day at a Time Sweet Jesus” but I think “One STEP at a Time Sweet Jesus” totally works too.
But please … don’t ask me to sing it for you. Take it from Jacob … you really don’t want me to do that.