By David Lee, BCM/D Executive Director
Life has slowed down for me the past few days. That in itself is not a bad thing. The catalyst—Blizzard Number Two! I look outside my window watching the snow just keep piling up. For the past several days, with one small exception, the snow has confined me to the house.
Now don’t get me wrong. I have a very comfortable home and to this point one with heat, electricity, and food. I am so thankful. I know that many are struggling without necessities. I don’t take any of this for granted.
There have been a number of real benefits to being confined. What a special blessing to spend this time with Sherry. We make it a point to carve out dedicated time on our calendars to be together, but this is lagniappe.
I was able to actually watch the Super Bowl without having to record it.That is a rare treat for me. I often work on Sundays!
I met several new neighbors as we huddled and applauded the snowplow driver who finally made it to our street after Blizzard Number One. It also reminded me of the mission field right next door.
I have been able to catch up on some detail work that often gets pushed to end of the list when I am in the office or on the field. I actually have enjoyed doing some of the “think work” that is important to my ministry. I will definitely schedule more “think work” days in the future, because I have seen how productive they can be. I suppose you could say, “it pays to think” once in a while.
I have caught up on some of my reading. That too so easily gets re-prioritized in the midst of a busy schedule. Especially fun and productive has been my re-reading during this respite. I highlight religiously when I read. What I have done with some of my extra time is to go back to books previously read and re-read the highlighted sections. Talk about adding richness to some of my future sermons!
Perhaps some of the most rewarding time has been spent in my basement. We still have unopened boxes from our last move. Working through those boxes was tantamount to taking a trip down memory lane. Some of the memories were good. I found some things that my children had made when they were small. I even found an old autographed baseball from a trip I took with my sons to Dodger Stadium decades ago. Talk about sweet memories! Not all of the memories were good memories. I have kept mountains of old correspondence from previous ministry including letters from hurting people.
I found old files and books and resources that now are available to be put to use that previously fit only the category of “clutter.” Clearing out the clutter in life is always a productive, though sometimes painful exercise.
Now the big, fluffy flakes are falling. It is beautiful outside my window. What a reminder that God is in charge of the weather and my life. That has been the sweetest part of this journey these few days. I been able to slow down and spend more time with Him.