Yesterday was a long one. Started early, with too-early alarms. Up and all -- well, some --- of the morning routines. Wife had to be at hospital for an 08:30 appointment for more tests. Which meant leaving here around 07:45, and enjoying part of the morning's rush. Through heavy traffic, major construction projects, and part of it on city streets that resemble a mortar range. With the "usual" traffic signals arranged by rabid cockroaches. But we made it. And spent nearly 4 hours there. Left without definitive answers and her having a nasty reaction to the tape they put on the injection site for the contrast dyes.
Then home, over the same roads, idiotic traffic lights, and road construction. Dodging drivers who somehow believe that this is practice for the Indianapolis 500. Whatever.
Got home, and she could eat. She normally wakes up starving (I don't) but had the orders for no food or drink after midnight. So she got her first cup of coffee, and we reduced the amount of leftovers in the fridge. Then she tried to nap, it ended up being 2-1/2 hours flat in bed, but resting, not sleeping. Which was still helpful
But it made for a day of thoughtfulness.
Those of us who have lived a while sometimes are brought up short, remembering words and phrases that are rarely heard these days. Listing them has gotten to be like a trivia game, and I won't go into them, but there are certainly some phrases, and the thoughts behind them, that we see in Scripture but rarely hear in real life. Especially coming out of our own mouths, which is the real problem.
I am struck, and deeply ashamed, that I haven't had that same heart, that same willingness to go where He sends, to speak as He directs, to do His bidding whatever it is.
There is much more that can be said, and will be, later. But that is where I was during the day and into the night season. Deeply troubled.
And it goes with two good nominees for Song of the Day.
All To Jesus I surrender
Lead me Lord, I will follow
Isn't this all of one piece? And it ties closely to our New Testament reading.
The Old Testament passage is chapters 12, 13, and 14. Things repeat.
This time, we see Samson. And Delilah.
(ever notice that some names in the Bible are still used today? And some very certainly are not. Delilah is one of those that is rarely used. Admission: someone quite close to me was married for a number of years to a woman by that name. She had more than a little bit in common with her namesake, which is as nice a way as I can say it).
The New Testament passage is verses 37-62 of chapter 9 in the Gospel of Luke.