He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
 I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10

Where did the time go?  Didn’t I just ask this question a few weeks ago?  Here it is…mid-July already.  I know what happened.  Andy’s surgery requires me to be home and around to drive him until his sling comes off and he is cleared to drive.  That meant…no June vacation, no weekend trips…ah…the joys of parenting!  BUT…I wouldn’t change a thing.  Since Andy returned from California in late March I cannot believe how well things have gone here at home.  He is much more mature than when he left.  He will do anything I ask him to do (or that John asks – for that matter.)  He doesn’t quite have the initiative to empty the dishwasher, vacuum, clean toilets, etc. without being asked…but, hey you can’t have EVERYTHING!!

I think maybe God had a plan for my summer.  You see, I had this grand plan that included a lot of stuff.  Things to do, places to go, people to meet…maybe He wanted me to “be still.”  Being around everyday to cart Andy to and from has caused me to slow down.  Maybe that was the plan…whatever…I am thankful that life is what it is. (How profound is that?!?)

Back in January or early February, a faculty member where I work asked if would take this plant she had that was dying.  She thought it was too warm in her office and maybe I could do something with it.  She said it was an orchid.  The leaves were VERY limp and it had a long green thing sticking straight up with a dead stick looking thing at the top of the green thing. (I know, really technical terms!)  Anyway, I did some research on the care of orchids.  Eventually, I began to see a small knot bulging from the stick.  After a few weeks, from the knot emerged a stem.  When the semester ended I brought the plant home to care for it.  Eventually, I had buds.

Then the buds opened…

Isn’t it beautiful?

I would never have dreamed this plant would actually bloom.  Kind of like our lives…God can take an almost dying mess and make something beautiful.

Have a great weekend…if you have a minute, please check out my friend’s new blog.  I love her and her family.

Peace and blessings…


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