Tuesday, September 1, 2009

an old married couple

Their room has twin beds...just like Ricky and Lucy.

At night, we can hear the "lady" shout to the man, "Roll over! You're snoring!"

He is disgruntle about the lights being on...so she can read, of course. Just like a good husband, he rolls over, pulling the blankets over his head.

She has to have her music playing through the night. I think he can sleep through anything.

No. I am not describing the couple across the street. I'm describing the couple in the next room! They are not married, but they are related. They are my children!

Space is getting tight around here. (I could say "tighter" because things were pretty tight prior to the renovations). Before we can raise the roof, we need to empty the attic. The only place for those "treasures" would be Jackson's room.

Once we made that "placement decision", we moved Jack into the same room as Ashley.
"And how's that working out?!" was my friend Leslie's response. (She knows there will be stories with this decision...oh, the stories.)
Todd will say, "This is the best thing that could have happened to Ashley during this process." I guess I would agree. I'm not sure she would...at this point anyway.
How many times, when I am being squeezed, do I exclaim, "Wow! This is just the best thing!"
Rather, I cry a little bit, sometimes sulk and even question the purposes/wisdom of such a decision.
"Lord, I know you are Creator of the universe. King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE YOU THINKING!!!?"
"Lord, are you sure you love me."
"Excuse me, Lord? Uh, I don't want to be pushy or anything, but I think you may have forgotten about me."
"Why me!??!"
And to all this, I think the Lord smiles to Himself. He is not distant from the process, but instead is in the throws of it. He continues to love me. He offers grace. He is patient and kind.
And, His truth rings out.
*His ways are higher than mine.
*He is in control.
*He knows what is best for me, HIS creation (not the other way around!)
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
-Romans 8:28
In this passage, the "works for good" has been translated to mean "making us more like Christ." Whew. That is big stuff. These different "processes" that I am going through, hopefully, are making me more like Christ.
Lord, help me to submit to the process, allowing you to chisel/shape/form me to be more like you.
Getting back to the "old married couple" in the next room...
Mike Huckabee was recently quoted with this, "Marriage is not about making you happy, it is about making you holy!"
When Ashley was small, she told me that when she and Jackson got married (to each other) that they wanted to sleep in the living room so that they could have a television in their room too.
I think she has changed her mind!

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