Tears to Joy

Tears to Joy: April 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Let's Dance!

Ok, so one of my all-time favorite things to do is dance. Shhhh, I know, I know. I probably should be careful where I say that but I absolutely love it! Recently I read a book by Tim Keller called The Reason for God and Keller describes the Trinity using a dance. He said, "When we delight and serve someone else, we enter into a dynamic orbit around him or her, we center our interests on the desires of the other." He describes this as a dance. "Each person of the Trinity loves, adores, defers to, and rejoices in the others. This creates a dynamic, pulsating dance of joy and love." WOW! I've never thought of the incredible joy and unity in the Godhead in this way! What a beautiful example of love.

The most amazing part of it all is that God desires to share this "dance" with us. He wants us to join Him in this love and adoration. I recently came across this poem; I don't know who the author is but I thought I'd share it.

Dancing With God

When I meditated on the word Guidance,
I kept seeing 'dance' at the end of the word.
I remember reading that doing God's will is
a lot like dancing.

When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.
The movement doesn't flow with the music,
and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.

When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,
both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues,
perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one
direction or another.

It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully.
The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness
from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.

When I saw 'G: I thought of God, followed by 'u' and 'i'.
God, 'u' and 'i' dance.'
God, you, and I dance.

As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get
guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead.

Let's Dance!!!!!!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

You've Got to Be Kidding!

So last week I returned from my lunch break to find out that the phone on my desk had stopped working. I fiddled with it and unplugged and replugged until I was more and more aggravated. I had my friend, Walt, look at it and he too could not figure out what was wrong. I was so frustrated because I just bought the blasted thing in August. Of course I didn't save the box, so the store where I bought it told me to call the company. I stayed on my cell phone with the company for thirty minutes while I tried all the different ways they told me to fix it. After wasting half a day trying to get the stupid thing to work, the company told me to mail it back for a replacement. All week, (well for 3 days anyway) I had no phone. I had to get up and walk across the room to use my assistant's phone. I know, now I am whiney but come on! It was supposed to work!!!

Well, today the replacement phone came in. I hooked it up and NOTHING happened! Absolutely nothing. Dead silence. What? It wasn't working either! I griped and complained and fiddled with it until at last my assistant came over to offer her assistance. She plugged hers into the wall and it worked fine. OK, so it had to be a phone issue but this was a brand new phone. Then, it happened. She casually reached down and pushed the button that said: Line 1. Voila! It worked. Apparently it wasn't a problem with the old phone, but with its operator. Oh well, lesson learned and attitude adjusted.


Monday, April 12, 2010

On the Road Again...

One of my goals in life is to visit all 50 states (I’ve made 30 so far), so this spring break I headed off to the Natural State, Good Ole’Arkansas with one of my best friends in the whole world! Woo Hoo! While the state is filled with natural beauty, we did have some interesting finds along the way. I want to share a few of them here with you!

First of all, I’d like to share with you what my friend Bobbie and I have dubbed, “The Hubcap House.”

We were driving to what is known in Arkansas as a Natural Bridge (I'd call it a rock with a hole in it) when, Shazam!! We found this lovely site! If that weren’t enough, as we were driving through Eureka Springs, a popular tourist town, we came across this in front of one of the homes there. (Oh I hope I haven't just insulted anyone; if you have this in front of your house, I think its completely normal to have your tub outdoors. More about that to come.)

Later, we came to a beautiful serene, glass chapel. We went inside and were greeted by a sweet woman who asked us to come in and take a seat. “Amazing Grace” was playing gently in the background as people throughout the chapel were praying silently. I was thinking how peaceful this place was and how reverent the atmosphere. I could have sat there forever, listening to the quiet music and meditating on the Lord’s goodness. I looked to my left and saw a Bible. I was contemplating picking it up to read …when all of a sudden I hear Hank Williams singing, “Hey Good Lookin’ Whatcha got cookin…” Oh No! I was mortified! It was my friend, Bobbie’s phone going off. Trying to stifle my laughter as Bobbie reached to turn off her phone I hear a voice on the other end saying, “Hello. Hello.” She had hit the speakerphone instead of turning it off. I couldn’t contain myself any longer. I ran out of the chapel and died laughing! Of all the songs to play during in this worshipful atmosphere…oh well, I only hope God was looking down laughing with us.

These next photos need no introduction…just remember, we are in Arkansas.

Perhaps one of the most memorable parts of the trip was joining the Outdoor Shower Club. Below is a picture of the shower at our cabin. Evidently, outdoor bathing is more common that I first thought in the Natural State.

Needless to say, we had a great adventure. Now I just have to decide where to go to next. I'm thinking New Mexico and Arizona to finish off the southern half of the nation. Hmmmmm. Any suggestions???