Jimmy Stewart and the Step

Whilst in Mexico we stayed at a hotel for one night. My friend. Julie, and I kept tripping over this top step on our way to the dining room. Trying to solve the why, we realized it was a tad higher than the others……which made me recall this poem penned by Jimmy Stewart……..

The top step in the hotel in Junin is mean.
Like the Devil is mean.
And it lies at the top of the other steps,
So quiet, so still, so serene.

But this top step has something quite special,
A very ingenious device:
It’s half an inch higher than the other steps,
A whole inch to be more precise.

And it uses this inch as a weapon,
The guests of the place to harass:
For when you reach the third floor of that hotel in Junin,
The top step trips you right on your ass.

Now I’ve had my share of knocks on the head,
I’ve felt enemy gunfire in war.
But if you want my opinion of what’s really bad,
I’ll be glad to give you the score.

Of all the degrading, inhuman, mean things,
That I in my life have yet seen,
The gross, most despicable one of them all
Is the top step in the hotel in Junin.

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Sunday Thoughts – 1

Focus on the Lord. All else is vain without Him. Things in your life should encourage/enhance your growing in and drawing closer to God. If it doesn’t it is a distraction. At times it seems that the closer I get to the Lord, the more distractions pop up. Especially as I enter school – all the tasks to be completed, studying to be done – it can quickly take up the hours. To begin each day with Him is vital to me. Anything I go through it is through and by His grace. How can I presume to know anything or be capable of anything without Him there?

 

“I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking.” – George MacDonald

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When I am dead, my deares…

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.

 

Christina Rossetti

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August 18, 2012 · 20:13

Entering Senior Year

Strange……unbelievable……slightly terrifying.

As this next year starts, even just the next semester, I am focusing on trusting in the Lord. Every little homework assignment, lecture and exam – He has been so faithful.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”  – Corrie Ten Boom

 

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Past Musings – The Point of Marriage

Whilst in Mexico, some friends and I had lovely conversations. One brought up (or made me think of) something I had written about four years ago and had penned in my journal. Thought I would share it here. Side note: I tend to ramble and it is most apparent that it wasn’t edited……also it is interesting for me to read years later and see what points I still hold to, things I would tweak and things I smile at and think, “Precious.”

 

“For some time now I have been wanting to write down my thoughts of marriage. Just for myself since my Comp Two teacher spiked my interest as to what is the point of marriage. He challenged us to think (ponder) on it. However we could not base any of our convictions or ideas that we brought before the class on the Bible or any ‘religious’ reasons. Although it is possible to come up with or find to the point quotes about what marriage is, the more we discussed it and I contemplated it, there is absolutely no point to getting married unless God is the center point. It is possible to come up with arguments against any statement that is made. When entering into marriage we have so many expectations not only of the one we are marrying but also of the whole institution. We imagine (or at least some do) how it will be, how we will re-act in not only ‘happy days/times’ but also the tempests that come. And of course we always act just like a model wife/husband. I believe it is therefore necessary to take a step back, see realistically how we already handle situations, realizing that if there is something flawed in our character, this must be acknowledged now and worked on as marriage will not solve these problems. Expectations arise from how we view people and how we think they should be. This should not be and I believe they are detrimental as we should not be looking at the person first, but our eyes should be concentrated first and foremost on God. He is our True Love and without Him in the center, the marriage will not flourish. In German the word ‘marriage’ is ‘Ehe.’ There is a short diagram that some Christians use with this word:

Einer (masc. one)    Herr (Lord)    Eine (fem. one)

The Lord is in the middle.

I definitely do not claim to be an expert by any means on this obviously, but it is good to really understand what this topic is about. It doesn’t end with flowers, bridesmaids and cake. It is just the beginning.

Marriage was created by God as a union between a man and a woman, therefore how can we think of leaving Him out of it? Man is the head of the family. This doesn’t mean he is a tyrannical ruler and the woman the quiet servant. God created the woman as a ‘helpmeet’ to the man and ladies even if that may be contrary to the idea of an independent womanhood, this is one of our main tasks. And a very honourable one. I believe marriage is a team effort. The wife should be able to state her opinion, warn if needed and yes, even disagree with her husband. However an end decision is left with the man. Granted the woman makes decisions too, that should be elementary, but the point is that the man is the head of the household. It is not degrading to the woman. It is not anything that puts women on a lower status than men. It is a matter of order. (This is all very easy for me to say, I am still single, but this is how I ‘expect it to be and how I hope I would be.)

Marriage is more than just two people loving each other but also about liking each other and witnessing and sharing someone’s life with them. So the point of marriage? Life isn’t about marriage and family. Life is about a person, you and me, and their relationship with God. Marriage is a gift from God, a mile point in our lives, if God wills it. It is sharing the path of life with a special person towards our ultimate goal, everlasting life with God, our true Husband. That is the point.”

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Oswald Chambers Knows What I am Thinking.

This past week can really only be described as gruesome and hellish. It has been a while since I have really had a completely wretched week or few days. Despite or throughout all of it, I kept reassuring myself that everything will be alright. That God is in control and He will bring everything to pass the way that it should go.

On one of the days where I was experiencing a moment of despair, I happened to pick up My Utmost For His Highest, and flipped to the date. This is what I read:

I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.” Jeremiah 45:5

This is the firm and immovable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him – “I will give your life to you…” What more does a man want but his life? It is the essential thing”….your life….as a prize…” means that wherever you go, even if it is into hell, you will come out with your life and nothing can harm it.”

After this statement, Chambers continues to speak of total and complete surrender. Surrendering your life in all things to the Lord. It is so hard to do at times. We say we surrender and may mean it wholeheartedly, however we still cling to that smidgen of control……..just in case. How foolish of us. How often has He proved Himself faithful. He has brought us through so many trials and impossible situations and yet we still have the audacity to hint at being somewhat in control. The freedom and the joy we experience once we relinquish this last thread is inexpressible. Trust in Him. He will bring you through it and lead you in His fullness of joy. What else does your life need but that?

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Valentines at Starbucks

I just had a Kristin Chenowith moment……Latte Boy……

Well, maybe not exactly like it as I was not love struck but oh so grateful and enjoying the little things that make me smile days later when I think of them.

For those of you (if you are anything like me, which for your sake, I hope you aren’t) who forget about the existence of V-Day or are completely ambivalent to it, take a moment to understand this little ray of sunshine.

Having no plans tonight other than the homework I can accomplish, I dressed up a tad, grabbed my computer and books and made haste to Starbucks.

On arriving, I was greeted by Larry in his usual friendly way. I ordered my somewhat usual order (Zen tea in a cup for here) and whilst he was preparing it discovered that I was without my money. This saddened me on several levels: 1) no tea , 2) I was planning on leaving a handsome tip and 3) there was nothing left but to go home again. Calling to him to get his attention, I informed him that he needn’t bother as I didn’t have my wallet on me. To this his response was that I should let it go, sit down and enjoy my tea. He hadn’t given a Valentine to anyone yet today. I was on the verge of objecting but he insisted.

Now I sit, quite cozy, with my tea, my books and my homework.

Three cheers for the Larrys of the world.  Gave me a moment to remember and showed me the goodness of God.

 

 

As for Valentine’s day……….Have a lovely one. But also bear in mind what it is all about. Too often we forget or are not aware of the origin of the day.

A quick background:

Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno, who was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. 

Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. 

 

Just a reminder that amidst all the commercialism and what may seem to some as being romantic and to others as being ridiculous, there is a deeper meaning and our lives should be focused on our one True Love. The One who gave Himself for us and has an everlasting love.

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