Yes, it's me, with my hands raised to the sky. Over the past 11 years, I have ran, walked, biked and skied up and down this old hill. The view is awesome! It is exactly 1.2 miles west of our mailbox.
I have marveled at how this hill has tested my resolve. It is steep! Often, I use it as a measure of how I am faring; like after a surgery or being sick, I think, "If I can make it to the top, I will be so encouraged!" Some days I am breathless by the time my legs reach the top and other days I feel fit as a fiddle. Seeing it loom before me offers me a challenge that I pray I never grow weary of taking.
As I recover now and gain my strength, simply walking up it is sufficient. Some days I chug right up, other days, I plod and tell myself how great the view will be when I get there...lately it has been that-Jack and I, the plod squad.
I have offered many a problem to my Lord on top of that hill...I have raised my arms to Him in a sort of relinquishment and I have lifted my hands to Him in sheer praise.
Saturday it was so stunningly beautiful--the sky was an incredible hue of blue. I was so grateful to be there, on top of that big, old hill.
I gave Him my husband and my children once again. He loves them far more than I. I gave Him myself as He and I wait again for the results of more tests...I asked for more faith and endurance.
And I felt the wind in my hair!!!!
It's been a long while since that sensation has crossed my noggin. I laughed!
I covet your prayers tomorrow as I have these tests and then wait for my Mom because she has a test scheduled tomorrow as well. (no I'm not telling what it is! If you want to know, call her!)
Oh and tonight, I first heard, then saw, our first robin! I went back to the house and got Teresa, my 8 year old ornithologist, and she came blasting out the door with her jammies on and her bright green snow boots, thrilled to see Mr Robin. She said it must be the husband...why I'm not sure.
Spring is on its way!
"Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise Thee. So I will bless Thee as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Thy name. My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips." Psalm 63
He is faithful,
I will be at the hospital from 10am till probably about 4pm.