I cleared the coffee table of play scripts, homework, remote controls, notebooks, and whatever else was on it and spread my office out. On my side is a list with hundreds of different Scripture verse addresses to look up and on the other my new notebook designated “Notes” with my study Bible in the center. Two mechanical pencils, one black pen, an eraser, and a glass of water to the top and the adventure began. I checked the clock one last time, not even 1:30 a.m. – great. This means I have four hours before I need to start getting ready for work.
It was an amazing few hours – with times of tears on my knees to smiles of reflection from the first time a verse had made sense or touched my heart. Absorbed in the preparation and prayer a sound startles me out of “the zone.” At first it is faint but it gets louder until someone touches my shoulder, “Lisa, have you been working all this time? Did you get any sleep?”
Oh my gosh, it is past 5 a.m. and Ed is up. I must have shut my alarms off and I didn’t hear his go off? The only response I had, “Yes I’ve been up and no I haven’t slept yet I feel great! I’ve missed spending this much time with God and working on a writing project and the thought of speaking to share this with others is…” My husband smiles with a slight chuckle, “I love you but you’re going to be exhausted today at school.”
Once the house is quiet (code word – hubby left for work) and it is me, God and my Bible again I thank Him for all he brought to me during the night. The alarm goes off and snaps me out of “the zone” again – it’s time to wake my daughter for school. I pack everything into my bag so I can work during my lunch and start the daily routine.
So many ideas, Scriptures, thoughts, and blessings going through my head as I make the drive to school I wish I could turn the car around and spend the entire day writing and preparing to speak BUT this isn’t my reality, at least not today. Thanksgiving is only two days away so I decide to be “thankful” instead of whiny – thankful for a full time job I love, thankful my van is running, thankful God woke me up with the direction I had prayed for, and thankful for the opportunity to speak Thursday.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I pray you have a blessed time with family today, make memories, and listen when God is speaking to you.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Colossians 3:14-16 NIV