That was a pretty dramatic storm last night. I saw pictures of the very road we were to be traveling on today to get to the ski mountain under water! After the torrential rain, a frigid cold front and snow moved through. My guess is route 321 is currently a glacier. Anyway about it, we won't be skiing. Instead, I will sit home and try to think of clever ways to use my new word: filipendulous.
There are many filipendulous circumstances in my life. Some times are less filipendulous than others. Last night, during the storm, the filipendulous lights flickered off...and then feebly back on. whew! My filipendulous ability to write my books, homeschool my daughter, manage my Destination Imagination team, be the wife, mother, friend I should be sometimes makes me lie in bed at night and cry out loud, "I can't do it." Even my filipendulous faith is at times only hanging by a very thin thread threatening to snap.
Fortunately, God's power is anything but filipendulous. He knows just how tenuous, how frayed, how dangerously filipendulous my grip on life's demands sometimes is. His strength is not filipendulous. His hold on me matters much more than my filipendulous hold on Him. He won't let go but sometimes He lets me dangle to remind me how desperately I need Him.
And after the floods, and the ice, will come a season of flowers and spiders swinging on their filipendulous web.
Ecclesiastes 7:13-14,18 (NIV)
Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?  When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.  It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.
filipendulous: hanging by a thread
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