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“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own, or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day; what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination. This at least is what I see at moments of insight: but it’s hard to remember it all the time.” (C.S. Lewis, 1943 letter to Arthur Greeves)

I saw this today on my brother’s daily Facebook post. It came at a propitious moment. Why? It is 11 o’clock and I have not even begun what is at the top of my “to do” list today.

Here is how the day began.

Cloudy and rainy. Oh good! Don’t have to go to water aerobics, so maybe I can get an early start on writing my Sunday school lesson for our quarterly!

But first I sat down on the couch for prayer, devotional reading, and coffee with Tom. Before we even start I suddenly remembered that I need to email a Genesis Bible study guide to a fellow missionary so that she can start this morning, if she has the time. I also remembered that she is alone with two little ones, as her husband is down river. I sent a note with the attachments to encourage her because I know it is hard.

Back to prayer. Cat nestles between us. Amen.

I grabbed my Bible for some personal time. Also grab breakfast and sit down to study. The rusty seminary gate opens and I hear sounds of people coming our way, but Tom answered the door so I could keep studying. Study done.

On my way to start the Sunday School lesson I remembered I need to message a supporting church who is raising funds for a seminary project this weekend. Phone in hand I headed outside to take pictures to show how much a new weed eater it is needed.

While I was out taking pictures a pastor stopped me to ask for some discipleship material. I needed to get the keys for the Christian Education office but continued to take a few more pics. I discovered one of the pineapple plants is bearing fruit! I went to get keys for Christian Education office. Sent pictures to church. I got the needed discipleship material.

Sun came out! Bodes well for laundry!

Mail arrived and Tom handed me a letter from my mom! Everything stopped for this.

I then decided to make a cup of coffee to get myself back to the desk to write the Sunday School lesson. I saw that there were notifications about my birthday a couple of days ago. That is when I stumbled across this C.S. Lewis’ reflection on what makes up our real lives.

So true. I am thankful that although this morning did not turn out like my imagined schedule, it has been just what it was supposed to be.


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