Thursday, June 16, 2005


Today is my wife's last day at school before she's home for the summer. I've been waiting for this day. And now that it's here, I'm really quite sad. This morning I've been wondering if today might be my final day as a stay-at-home dad. And the thought kind of choked me up. I haven't started blubbering yet, but it wouldn't take much to push me there.

This year has been one of the best years of my life.

I was fired from my last job (technically, I resigned, but I was leaving one way or the other) - something political, I guess. Perhaps they had someone waiting in the dock. I wasn't given a palatable reason, and I was barred from discussing the decision. It was totally unexpected and it ripped me apart.

As I was leaving my administrator's office, he said, "This is going to be a desert time for you."

"I don't like the desert," I said.

"The desert is hell," he said.

But where there was a desert, a garden has bloomed. There are trees that shade me from the heat of the sun. The air is heavy with lilacs. Streams purl. Birds sing. And I find myself sitting at a table that is bowed beneath the weight of God's blessing. And I want to weep. How can it be?

Let all the world know that God makes the dead live, the blind see, the lame walk, the poor rich, and the desert bloom! He is the redeemer of broken things. Who is like him?


jaymarie said...

that is encouragement I needed this very morning.

praise God.

alison said...

So happy for you. Thank you for being and speaking a testimony to the redemptive power of God. I am so excited for what this amazing year has sown into your heart, your wife's and your childrens'.

God is good.

Thanks for not letting a rock cry out in your place.

Sherry C said...

We just talked about Psalm 84 in church this past weekend. Thanks for taking me back to it again with this post.

Bruce L. said...

What a wonderful testimony of God's faithfulness, love and grace! Thank you for being faithful to give Him praise.

Our God is an awesome God!

alison said...

"Streams purl" How could I have lived this long without this word!

purl1 v. "To flow or ripple with a murmuring sound. -n. the sound made by rippling water."

The American Heritage Dictionary

Love it.


Scott said...

God's good. Thanks for your comments and your community.

Alison, I have to confess that purls is a new word for me as well - but don't you love it? I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets all school-girl giggly over words (me, in a manly sort of way, of course).

alison said...

It goes without saying, the manly school-girlish giggling, that is.

Mine is extremely girlish, as is only appropriate.

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