Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
Our friend Audrey came down yesterday morning to spend Easter with us. She is not company....she is family. Some people just fit right in as if they had always been there. She is like that.
She has been wanting to work in the warehouse with us, and on the food truck, so that's what we did today. We went to the warehouse as we have been doing everyday for the past 2 weeks. Today starts our third week. We have cut the hours for food distribution from noon to 5 to noon to 3. Ross (chief honcho) said he had enough for first shift, so we worked second...1:30-3. Much shorter hours than the previous 2 weeks! Audrey got a taste of what we have been doing, but it has slowed quite a bit now. She still enjoyed it and we loved having her. I told her I would not change the sheets on her bed in case she decides to come back.
As long as I stay here on the hill at Dutch Valley, it seems quite normal to me...business as usual. I get up every day, walk across to the warehouse, bag food, pass it out in the afternoon, come home and take a shower and fix supper. It is only when I have to go to the store that I realize how crazy our world has become. I wonder if it will ever go back to "normal."
Then I wonder if this IS normal. Perhaps I should get used to people wearing masks, and gloves, and shelves in the store sitting empty. The apostle Paul summed it up quite well when he said in Philippians 4:11-13 that he had learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
I would like for the normal to be no wars, no hunger, no unhappiness, but in actuality, I realize that in this life, I just need to learn to be content whatever is going on.
So, until things "get back to normal" I will just continue with business as usual, trying to live my life in light of eternity.