I used to be that person. You know, the one who says, “let’s have coffee sometime” or “we should do that”. Even if my intention was heart-true, there lacks honor when we speak empty plans.
We all have been on the receiving end of such void offers. Whether dating or friendship, the infamous “I will call you” brings pained rejection.
Within marriage, there is a temptation to be lazy in our follow-through, trusting the other person gets us. Many times I have made lists and/or plans and then changed my mind. My husband does not appreciate this. I understand. The last thing I want to give Jason is empty anything.
This week we went on two dates. Can you imagine? I could barely.
Seems a busy season recently fell in our laps. My writing plate is piled high with submissions, novel-writing and trying to keep up with blogging. I speak again in one week. Not to mention, I started taking a class on Genesis. Every Wednesday morning, I drive about 25 minutes for class and leave with daily homework. Our Jackson made the travel basketball team, so more hurried dinners and running to practice in the evenings. Jason’s job is too much on any given day, and at times weighs on him on his days off.
Did Jason and I have time for two dates? It would have been easy to pass at least one afternoon by rationalizing we had things to do. Who doesn’t have laundry and dishes, just sayin’?
Seeking joy, clasping hands.
Wednesday afternoon we stole away to the Whitaker Center to watch a film about our country’s National Parks. Jason and I were the only ones in the theatre. Such awe of His creation and growing inspiration to hike in bigger places when God deems the time.
After the movie, I asked Jason if we could hike the next morning. Busy had not up and left our lives. We up and left busy to spend an hour and a half together.
We are blessed with a state park about twenty minutes from home.
His Fall colors glowed in the morning sun:
His trees and sky remind me I am a small part of His world.
As we headed out on the lake trail, our feet slopped in mud. My adventure spirit wanted to press on.
Jason the fisherman noticed how far the water had come onto land.
“Well, this way won’t work. Did you see what is ahead?”
Happy to turn around and head the other direction. With a different perspective of the lake. I picked up the pace, eager to read the parks information on eagles.
Nope, we didn’t see an eagle. We didn’t make it to the end of that side of the trail either. High water had picnic tables almost floating!
Jason spotted a bench surrounded by water. We hopped over rocks and stepped on tree roots to get there.
Standing on top of the bench, we documented our date.
Action, not intention, is where the gift is. Love is an action, so is faith.
How will you put love and faith in action today?
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do (James 1:25).
Welcome and thank you for being here!
What I didn’t mention in this post is the growing holiday craze. Join me starting next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for A Sacred Holiday Pause, short devotions to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the only reason we celebrate Christmas.
Have a beauty-full Friday.