Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
This has been a long, involved, sometimes grueling, weekend. It actually started on Wednesday when we went to the camp early for our prayer day on Saturday. We put a prayer day each month on the calendar for this next year. We meet at the camp and pray all day on Saturday.
We went up early to work at our barn in Elizabethton, and to get John boy's piano ready to move to Knoxville. We worked there on Thursday and Friday, were at the camp Saturday and Sunday, then moved the piano on Monday.
It may not sound like a big deal moving a piano...but if you have never moved one...it is. We used to always hire it moved, but the last few times have done it ourselves, with the help of friends. They gave us two piano dollies at the warehouse, and with the help of Tony and Tyler we loaded it onto a U-Haul and brought it to Knoxville. We had the help of Jason, Ross, Jay and another Tommy, getting it off and into the house.
The reason I write this is because we did not just physically move that piano. The Lord actually did it. We prayed long and hard before we moved it, and He delivered in a mighty way. I wonder why we don't always pray before we do anything?
The other grueling part of the weekend was a hike at Bays Mountain. In many places it was straight up, but the problem was the trail which was covered in roots and rocks. I honestly did not think I was going to make it, but again...with much prayer...Tommy and I both made it. We were slow, but we did it. We hurt afterwards, but we did it.
I say WE, but actually, the Lord did it. Had I not prayed we would have probably turned back.
When I look back on the weekend and realize just how packed almost every hour of the day was, but how calm and peaceful I felt when I went to bed at night, I wonder why I ever chafe when my days are busy. What is the alternative? Sitting at home crocheting like my grandmother did the last years of her life?
An old hymn we used to sing has a line in it that says "Work for the night is coming...when man's work is done." So many people my age (and younger) are constantly complaining about all their ailments. I have a solution to all our aches and pains. PRAY. Then...WORK. And, don't work without praying.
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