Sunday, May 23, 2010


Small towns lock up early. We met Matt and Karissa for dinner on the latish side since it was a 6 hour drive and we got in later than planned. As we finished our meal, the waitress was standing there tapping her toe, and the moment the last bite went in our mouth, our plates were whisked away and a bill slammed down. She stepped back to cross her arms and tap her toe waiting for Arvo to sign it.

As she ushered us out, she locked the door behind us. It was not even 9:00 on a Saturday night.
We headed off looking for the Tastee Freeze down the street, but they were also sweeping floors and locked up. No wonder country boys have to resort to tipping cows for entertainment. Everything else is closed.

It is raining, but the diploma ceremony for Matt's graduation isn't until noon, so we have hopes of sun peeking out before then. I can't get on the internet with my iPod here without paying ransom or offering them our first born son, so I have no pictures for my post, and then after Tuesday, we will be totally without internet. However, I am storing up pictures, sitting on the screened in porch overlooking a lovely, albeit wet forest, and log cabins dotted around us.

It is a meaningful day. Everyone who has had a kid graduate from anything knows how I feel. Everything big seems impossible when you begin... things like homeschooling, raising children, graduating from college, paying college loans, rescuing vicious dogs.....

But somehow, if you just put one minute after another, and one hour after another, soon you have grown children that warm your heart, college graduates, a faith you never thought would blossom, and dogs that are no longer vicious but are missing teeth. The impossible is really just an incomprehensible series of possible steps.
And when you are there, looking back, you wonder why you ever doubted. Instead of locking doors behind you closing you out because you have arrived when the Owner is weary, i hear the chorus of heavenly voices singing, "Well done! Come enter in our joy!"

Matthew 19:26 (New International Version)

26Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

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