Bizziness and Mountains

Sounds like a really strange title doesn’t it?  Hee hee!  Well, here’s the deal.  Yesterday I was busy all day long.  It was “payday” Saturday so we went and bought groceries, but I didn’t go to the bank on Friday so we had to go get our expense money as well so we could buy groceries.  (Ah, reminds me – I haven’t paid the bills yet so better get on that first thing in the morning.)  Oh! And the roofer was coming by at 8:30 to get a down payment for re-roofing our house and for us to sign a contract.  Ray had not met him and so he got to meet him.  It all went quite well.  Ray liked the guy and we had a couple of questions which he was more than happy to answer.  Ray was going to this “trucks in the mud seeing who can get across this section of mud” thing and leaving at 11:00.  Lee was going with him and Lizzy, myself, and my favorite, sweetest, cutest boy in the world, Jason, were staying here and chilling.  So, the big boys left and we and three of us were left here to find what trouble we could get into.  Lizzy had bought Jason a Fisher Price Three in 1 Car Gym (and if I can figure out how I will leave pictures here or try and put them in This and That) that morning so she got busy opening the box and putting it all together.  Well, I cannot tell you how much Jason loved it!  It was a real hit with him.  He laid under the dangling toy thingys and grabbed at them and kicked and laughed and “talked” and drooled for about 10 minutes.  I think that’s a pretty good length of time for a 3 1/2-month-old.  Especially when he had not had all his nap so he let us know in a nice way (he never hollers – really!) that he was finished playing and wanted a tad of milk and to take a nap.  So, that is just what he did.

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He took a nearly 2 hour nap and awakened refreshed but needing a “squishy” diaper changed.  (That’s what they call a pee-pee diaper.)  Lizzy got texts from Lizzy that they were having a good time and I was glad to hear that.  Lizzy and I sat and talked about this and that and just generally discussed important issues like fingernail polish, exercises, food, places to eat, and her game, I think called Sky Rim.  Sounds like it’s really fun to play.  Well, the big boy got him and Lee, Lizzy, and Jason sat around awhile and we watched Jason play with his car gym and, again, he was more than impressed and was showing his daddy all the ins and outs of it.  In fact, I was able to get a 2 minute tape of him playing, laughing, kicking, and “talking.”  Ray is trying to make a glass bottle wind chime and he was working on that, coming in and out from time to time.

Well, we, that is Lee, Lizzy, and myself got the bright idea to put Jason in his walker as well.  We couldn’t believe he was sitting up and jumping and just astonished at the toys on it, as well as his daddy talking to him. He had so much fun!  As you can see – bingo – another hit!

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Lizzy and Lee left, I was exhausted from so much fun and Ray was exhausted from his fun that we just kind of collapsed for a bit before bed.  We had a really big thunderstorm with a lot of close lightening, some thunder, and rain that just came in sheets.  Wish it was daytime so I could have seen it – I bet it was a site to see!  While the storm was winding down we finally went to bed.

So, now on to today and mountains. By the way, I know this is long but since I skipped a day I think it is more than fair and justifiable to continue, so I will.  (Besides, it is my blog!) I was reading Mr. Sturgeon again and he mentioned a Welsh mountain nearby and how difficult it was to climb.  He said that when we are at the base of the mountain we see but a little of the top; it appears to be about half as high as it really is.  We can just see the rippling brooks, the lush greenery, and beauty of it all.  When we climb the first rising knoll the valley below seems to lengthen and widen as we look down and can see more of it than we would while being in that valley.  As we climb we begin to see the beautiful, distant country and towns before us and the masts of ships at a busy port. How lovely that is and we never imagined we could see such beauty.  We didn’t know so much could be seen at that elevation.  And here it comes with a bang – the Christian life is like that.  When we first believe in Christ we see little of Him.  The higher we climb the more we discover His many beauties.  But who has ever gained the summit?  Who has ever known all the heights and depths of the love of Christ which passes knowledge?  Paul says in Ephesians 3:19 that the love of Christ passes all knowledge.  Knowing that, he continues on the missionary journeys that even touch our lives today, especially through reading his letters in the New Testament.  And as He was about to die in Rome, we can read where he wrote through the inspiration of God in 1 Timothy 1:12, “For this reason I also suffer these things but am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed…”   I think of Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress and all the trials he had climbing that mountain.  An why?  We continue to go through trials in life, some worse than others, continuing to hang on good as we can and it seems we cannot even put one foot in front of the other and life sometimes just does not seem worth it, and when all seems to be truly crumbling at our feet and we are about to plummet to the bottom of that mountain, the hand of our precious Savior reaches down to catch us, sometimes even when we give up and don’t want Him to, and take us to the next knoll of that mountain for one day we will reach the summit and see all the glories God has prepared for us and realize it has all been worth it.

Moraine Lake Sunrise
One of the most beautiful (and photographed) lakes in Canada, Moraine Lake.

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