If life is a race (and it is), then it is run across wet concrete.
If life is a story (and it is), then that story is the cumulative spatter of our tracks.
~N.D. Wilson, Death by Living, p165~
Not sure what kind of day today was.
Have you had those days where you feel like you started ten different things, but can’t put your finger on whether you completed even one?
That was today.
It was a fast run across wet concrete, but I am not sure what footprints I left.
There must be a spatter of tracks left in the storyline of my life that is the chapter called 3.18.15
But I don’t think it is going to be one of the most remarkable.
Sometimes remarkable is in the eyes of the beholder, right?
I lived today for my husband who gives his life for me. I lived today for every single one of my children who are our love made flesh.
I got my hands up, groped for the pillars, hung on tight, and eagerly rode the waves.
Sometimes it all just gets lost in the daily things of bums to wipe, bread to knead, math problems to solve, phone calls to make, papers to file, fires to stoke, laundry to wash (and rewash when the dog pees on it), bathrooms half cleaned, floors not swept, ironing not done…
But these children laughed today, they smiled, they squealed, they made jokes. They loved with white knuckles and butterfly kisses.
This husband held me tight today. He worked hard. He came home to me. He held my hand and drove me to church for an evening service. He will snuggle me all night because that’s just how we like it.
He is a reminder.
To get my hands up.
To grope for the pillars.
To saddle up the mustang and hang on tight.
To live for this woman who is giving her life for me,
for these little humans who are our love made flesh.
Ride the roaring wave of providence with eager expectation.
To search for the stories all around me.
To see Christ in every pair of eyes.
To write a past I won’t regret.
To reach the dregs of the life I’ve been given
and then to lick the bottom of my mug.
To live hard and die grateful.
And to enjoy it.
~N.D. Wilson, Death by Living, p181~
So it was a day that was lived.
It may be gone forever, but there are remnants of it that will go on for generations.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if we had the perspective and the viewpoint God does, to see how each of these footsteps impacts the fruit of my womb, and the fruit of theirs?
It’s time to sleep while the concrete hardens. So goodnight. We will find more wet cement tomorrow for a new race.