12 October, 2015

Sing Unto the Lord

“Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.” Isaiah 12:5

When I pause to think about it, God has given me many excellent things to sing about recently:

-We had safety travelling on our recent over-2000km trip. 

-Just when we were to our destination, the car began to overheat. We were able to pull in and park, thankful that it hadn’t happened earlier. We took the car to some mechanics, but they didn’t have the part it needed, so we had to drive it home how it was. In answer to our prayers, it ‘behaved’ and brought us back home with no problems.

-We got to visit friends. On our way, we stayed with my Aunty and her family, and had a good time with her two little boys, one of whom is only a few months old. On our way back we dropped in on some friends, and had a nice time there as well, chatting and seeing their garden and property. 

-We had an enjoyable time at our destination. We went, as we do every so often, to help friends run a health seminar. Despite cleaning toilets, and vacuuming rooms, I had a really good time, and did plenty of other things as well. I’ve come home really inspired, so that’s got to be a good thing.

-While we were away, I got to have quite a few conversations about something I’m looking into, and considering studying. While I’m still not sure about it, it’s given me some direction, and something to think and pray about.

-I also got to have a great conversation about writing with a published author who attended the seminar. She loaned me her latest book to peruse for the duration of the seminar, and answered all my questions about her research and writing process. And she told me about two other books she’s in the process of researching and writing. They both sound really good. So that was exciting. :)

-Most days we were there, I had an appointment, at 4 o’clock to be precise, to go and play violin for ‘Grandma’. She’s 92, and while she had trouble getting her words out, there is still a lot to learn from her. It was a blessing to be able to play for her, and have her say after a song, “Play some more”, and remind me to, “Practice, practice, practice.” I hope it made her days more cheerful too. 

- We did manage to come by an op shop, and to be honest, it was the nicest op shop I’ve ever seen. It was set out and displayed really nicely, and made it feel like a boutique shopping experience, rather than a ratting through someone else’s offcasts. Anyway, I found a copy of The Book That Made Your World there, so I bought it, of course. So far I’ve only read the first few chapters, but it’s been really good, challenging and thought provoking. It’s one of those books that just makes sense. 

-We came back to green paddocks, and over grown lawn, flowers in the garden, and sheepies whose wool had grown dramatically too. The days are warm and sunny, and rather spring-like. And of course, as good as our time away was, it’s always good to be back home. :)

“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” Psalm 31:19

 What has God given you to sing about recently?

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