As our summer comes to an end...only 13 days left before school is in full swing...I stop to pick up my last scoop of inspirational sand to add to my overflowing sand pail.
This scoop takes me back to decades ago when I knew how to just stop and ponder. My mind whisked me back to a tree on my grandparents' farm. The tree held a very long, strong vine that drooped down the side of the tree, allowing you to climb on the vine and swing. It was "nature's swing". I would wander off from the farmhouse to quietly sit and swing among nature where I could ponder. I have always had a very busy mind...one that can wear out my husband, but never my maker. I would pour out all the questions and ponderings of my mind before my God. There, in His creation, we would sort them out.
Later, it would be the swings in the schoolyard across from my teenage home. As an adult, it was my porch rockers and walking among the pecan trees adjacent to our family home. Today, I look for those places that allow me to ponder and and question...today's places don't have the sentimental heart's tie my past places have, but the familiar time with the Lord still energizes.
All that to say....my last scoop of sand is that...pondering and questioning. The Lord has allowed these non-scheduled days of summer to bring scoops of hours of reading... therefore, prompting a season to digest what He is saying. These ponderings have been prompted by my sand scoops, as well as two books and a movie. I am taking the pieces from each scoop and digesting them.
Almost Amish - Nancy Sleeth
Lioness Arising, Wake Up and Change Your World - Lisa Bevere
Movie - Hope Springs
So I leave this week with my sand pail in hand....scooping up the inspirational sand the Lord has for me as I ponder and question what He is saying for me in this season of life.
Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasures. Proverbs 2: 3-4
I pray you take the time needed to ponder under a wonderful tree, while swinging in the Lord's goodness.