Since Tuesday morning, the roads have been lined with a sheet of ice and a light blanket of snow covers the grass. This morning our power went out and we had to get dressed over candlelight. An hour ago, it went out again for 10 minutes before I could dry my hair.
And I’ve been completely fine with it. But any other week, I probably would be frustrated because I like everything to be planned and not so spontaneous. But I’ve really been able to embrace my present reality, taking a few steps back to rest in the simplicity.
There is nowhere to go but to be with my precious children and visit our neighbors. Our refrigerator is growing bare, but our needs are met. If we really needed something, Jeremiah is at work and could go to Kroger on his way home.
This time of stillness has also brought a little surprise my way. Someone I know who works for WaterBrook/Multnomah Publishers asked if I’d like to have lunch with one of their authors, Joanna Weaver, this week and that it would be on them! Joanna wrote the book Having a Mary Spirit in a Martha World (along with many other books).I’m so humbled and honored by this opportunity and on Thursday I’ll get to meet her.
It’s been really fun watching God pour out such pleasant interruptions to my week. I think he knows I need to hold life a little more loosely and begin to better welcome whatever comes my way.
Well, the gray clouds still hover over the city and it’s as if everyone is still sleeping. I’m going to end this post just in case the power goes out again!