Monday, September 22, 2008

reflections from the journey

While journeying around the Midwest these past weeks, I have had a lot of time to think. Below are a few of the thoughts that continue to rest in my mind:

Loving people you care about is easy. Loving people because we’ve been commanded to is hard.

Sometimes the road takes you places you never planned on visiting.

Often the best fix for crying eyes is hugging arms.

New life springs forth in places you wouldn’t expect.

Occasionally, it rains the entire weekend, but that doesn’t need to steal your joy.

Sometimes the Lord’s provision for pain is people. Sometimes the Lord’s provision for pain is Himself.

It really is more delightful to give than to receive. I need to work on that.

You can see a bigger picture in your review mirror than by glancing out your window while you drive by.

There are few things that compare with someone seeing you at the door and then running toward you with open arms while saying your name.

Grief is both predictable and unpredictable.

Excellence is not always the highest goal.

“I don’t know” is a perfectly legitimate reason for crying.

Driving off into the sunset hurts your eyes for a while and then takes your breath away.

Some things are worth waiting for. Some things aren’t.

The view from the 37th floor is pretty amazing! You can see a lot of things you can’t see when you are in the midst of the city.

Living in the presence of another is a good thing.

Communication helps hurt, but it doesn’t cure it.

When we really trust God, we have opportunity to enjoy the mystery.

Sometimes God heals in seconds. Sometimes God heals in years.

Friends are one of the richest blessings the Lord gives us.

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