I’m purging and packing, getting ready to move into our new rental home. This morning I ran out of boxes and sent Ray out in the rain to get some more. He came home sans boxes and when I came into the bedroom, he had on his Captain America pajama pants and was about to climb back into bed.
“What are you doing?” I asked, instantly up in arms.
“Nobody had any boxes. There’s nothing to do.”
“There’s PLENTY to do, like the garage! I’m going to find some more boxes for us!”
Don’t you love my sweet, gentle spirit? But I figure like the Proverbs 31 woman, if I can set about my work vigorously, my arms being strong for the task and holding the distaff (what IS a distaff?), it’s my job, too, to make sure my family isn’t being lazy and are getting rid of things they don’t need.
You need the right tools
Instantly I raced off in the car to make one of the stores in town give me their boxes, lol. The Family Center staff was generous with their broken-down boxes. An elderly man named Bill, walking with a slight limp and reminding me of Jacob who had wrestled with God, helped me. (Then the man said, “Let me go; it’s almost dawn.” But Jacob answered, “I won’t let you go until you bless me.” – Genesis 32:26)
“You got something to put these boxes together?” Bill asked, sorting through the pile on the floor to find me the best ones.
“Yes, good ol’ duck tape,” I said. He smiled approvingly. Everyone knows that duck tape is a miracle worker. You need the right tools for the job.
I’m moving in style
Bill loaded the boxes for me on a platform cart and told me to come back for some more boxes Friday around 11 a.m. after their delivery truck arrives. I thanked him and went back home to spur on Ray to work.
Of course, I ran out of duck tape and had to go back to the dollar store for more. I was delighted to find fashionably colored duck tape, instead of the normal, boring, silver tape – colored hearts, paint splotches, bright pink, and purple tiger stripes. Now I can move in style. 🙂 If I run out of tape again, I’ll get the purple tiger stripes. Yes, I am easily amused.
I noticed one of the boxes had the words on it Wild Delight. Did you know this is how God feels about you? He loves you so much!
God even cares about the little things you love, like the colored heart duck tape I found today and the sunroom at our new rental home. I’ve been praying for years for a home with a sunroom!
This sunroom has black screen on the windows, much like the screened-in porches of southern homes, but I could envision removing the screen and replacing it with beautiful glass windows to look outside at the birds.
I can’t wait to move and have a cup of coffee with God in my sunroom, watching the birds, that first morning. 🙂
“He persists in loving us with unending, outrageous love.” – Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
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