I've done quite a few fasts over the past 40 years....spiritual ones.....health ones..... weight loss ones..... the one common denominator was that at the end of the fast whether it was 3 days, 7 days. 10 days. I was hungry! I agree with Mumford's saying that "my stomach was ready to eat my shirttails" :)
See.... the problem is...... we really, really want to control everything around us. Every situation, every circumstance, our future, our destiny, every single thing that goes down in our lives as well as all the things that we would like to have go down in our lives.
Way back during that Adam/Eve/Serpent thing, something very significant happened. There are a bunch of lies Satan tells them.....but they appeal to Adam and Eve. Things really would have been different if they had made a different choice. Here they were, walking and talking in the garden in the cool of the evening with the creator of all things.... them and God.... chatting away....enjoying their relationship. All they had to do was what God had told them to do and humanity would have been a completely different experience. Instead...
I hope it is obvious by this time, that I am determined to live openly and say what is really happening in my life and not play et's pretend Philip is wonderful every minute of the day! :) I believe it is very important to live openly. I think it is also just as important for me to live accountable to some people ..... people I trust.... that I've asked to speak into that openness at any time ....... I don't want anything to fall thru the cracks. :) You are also welcome to take a shot at it!
I told you about the Allied forces using Rhino Tanks to break thru the hedgerows in Normandy after the invasion in 1944.
"From the steel obstacles placed by the Germans on the beach during the landing, the Americans made many-pronged, sharp, tusk-like objects to attach to the front of their Sherman tanks. This method of cutting through hedgerows was extremely effective...."
One of the other things I saw thru the window at the Lake, was also something the Lord started talking to me about..... is still talking about, actually. At the end of our property, the land drops pretty much straight down 6 or 8 feet to the road.... across the road one can see the Lake. We have worked at clearing the view to the Lake..... at least on our side of the road... :)
In my last posting, I referred to all the work I had left to do on Monday once we were finished serving breakfast. I got up there about 11am, worked hard for 3 hours, called Ellen and told her I was going to have some lunch, then be on my way back home. My head is buzzing about all the things I still would like to do up there. I enjoy landscaping. The Lord just shows me things we could do and I get all excited about them. In 15 minutes, I have worked my way thru a peanut butter sandwich and a banana, get up and I'm ready to buzz along.
Sunday afternoon, having no guests checking in to the B&B, we did a spur of the moment thing and drove up to our Lake Cottage to check out all the work that was done up there and stay over night. What a neat time..... to actually take my own advice, kick back and do nothing but enjoy each other and this incredible place that the Lord has blessed us with. We did a sleep over! :)
I told you the story about the filter in the fish tank. I woke up about 5 this morning and the Lord said, "ask them if they hear the filter." Then I had this silly like cartoon thing I was watching in the Spirit and there was the Holy Spirit blowing here and there, always stopping and saying "Can you hear me now?....Can you hear me now?.....hmmm.... can you hear me now?"
Yesterday, I told you about my visit with the propane repairman. If you are reading this, forgive me for not remembering your name.... kind of goes with this 70 year old brain of mine... :)
It is such fun though, just sharing life like we did and hearing all the stories about how God is so intimately involved in other people's lives...in exactly the same way He is intimately involved in my life. That is serious fun for me.