As I read a Christine Caine devotional, she used the phrase “embrace your place.” She went on to talk about how David’s story in the Bible shows us how he did not hurry God’s plans along nor did he slow them down. He embraced where he was and moved into the next place as God prompted. This got me to thinking about all the “places” that I sometimes even don’t realize I am in and am called to embrace.
I’m in a season of mothering littles, being a wife, living here with the neighbors surrounding me, at my church, my job, being a daughter, a runner, an adventurer, a creative, and so forth. So many different areas with highs and lows. Some days embracing the place can be super easy when I’m loving it. Others, I may be tempted to complain about still being here.
Through it all, it’s such a privilege to be in these places. I get to live this life God has given me.
We spent our Labor Day doing some hard “labor” and lots of wheelbarrowing. I thought I would start counting how many loads of dirt and rock I filled…but I definitely lost track. I estimated about 20ish of dirt and 5ish of rock. We still have work to do but I certainly was grateful to be done for the day!
I’m sure our neighbors will be happy when our project finishes up. Though, we gave them all something to watch! We even were able to help others with our leftover sand.
Once we were done with the sand, we put out a sign inviting anyone to come and take some if they need any. I loved hearing all the different projects people were working on or hoping to do.
Someone brought their four boys and loaded up sand to turn a garden into a patio for a picnic table. The boys all worked hard with their varying sized shovels. Another group wanted the sand to fill up their lakeshore. Someone else wasn’t sure what they’d use it for yet but would make a pile. A last group was asking if we would have any dirt left since they missed the sand. They were working on a window well.
From one little (well kind of big) pile of leftover sand, we got to meet and help all sorts of people. A little glimpse into people’s lives we otherwise wouldn’t have seen.