I went to a retreat this past weekend with five other girls from my church in Fort Payne, Alabama. It was in the mountains and there was rock climbing and rapelling and canoeing and zip lines and night hikes. We had a worship service in a cave. I have absolutely no words to describe it. To hear 100 women singing with the natural acoustics provided by the cave....It is the closest thing I can imagine of what a choir of angels must sound like.
(This band is called Owing Adam. They have amazing talent)
Women spoke to our group of women about women's issues. One of the speakers was talking about how hectic our lives are (can I get an AMEN?). She said that finally she had prayed that the Lord would just clear her schedule. I thought --- that is the most ingenious thing that I had ever heard! WHY haven't I ever thought of that? It was such a weight lifted. It was a breath of fresh air. YES! A prayer that was the answer to my prayers!
With that being said, we knew that August to December was going to be brutal in our house. And so it is. We walk around in a daze from the blur of our days/weeks. We are both exhausted. Papa is so exhausted he is not only walking around in a daze but doing it with the sniffles, so I spiked our good southern sweet tea with echinacea and elderberry and astralgus root. Two gallons of immune boosting goodness so hopefully he will get to feeling better and to keep the rest of us from falling like dominoes. Homecoming, tests, sniffles, hay, cheer practice, church, work, practice for festivals, football games, iffy heating element in the dryer, internet people coming on Friday, loading horses and tack for pony rides for a little boy's birthday on Friday. Saturday is the opening day of bow season. Papa will be hunting and then in the hay field. I will be cheering for my cheerleader from 11-12. Singing at a festival from 1-2:30. Then we will be driving an hour away to watch our boy march at halftime at his football game because it is the only Saturday game he has and the only one Papa will get to see because he has class on Thursday night.
Lord.......clear my schedule.
I have been repeating that prayer over and over and over and over. So, guess what happened? My car died. As in, I am borrowing a vehicle to get back and forth to work. DIED. (We suspect it is the alternator.) I guess when I asked for my schedule to be cleared, I should have been more specific. Instead, I just laughed and said, "Well, that's one sure fire way to do it."
Never doubt the Lord's sense of humor and timing.