I woke this morning full of anxiety. We have so much to do. So many fun events on the schedule and so much planning to make them happen. I tried to rest my mind and journal, read, and meditate, but my mind kept speeding along and always returning to the stress involved in preparing to go to Creation Festival Northeast. I have never attended this festival and camping with 70,000 people could prove to be a big stretch for me. I don’t camp. We have a house on the river and sometimes we refer to it as “going to camp,” but the truth is it is carpeted and has all the modern conveniences necessary. Not truly a “camp.” So, I’m planning on going camping. I need to pack sunscreen, rain gear and …even forks?! So much to think about.
I don’t think I worry much about my appearance and the fact that I will probably camp sans makeup is not a concern, but this morning while trying to quiet my soul to pray, I remembered that I won’t have a hair dryer. My hair is a mess without a hair dryer. I won’t need to curl it or straighten it, but I do need a hair dryer. OK, so that is another challenge I will have to face. In addition to remembering to pack toilet paper, bug spray and a pan to boil water for my morning cup of tea, I now have to consider a hat!
Oh Lord, how can I focus on my devotions with all of this reeling through my mind?! Because of the habit of rising each morning and doing it, I sit at the table and begin. My heart’s not in it, but I will be disciplined and seek peace through scripture. Today I am on Day #22 of a Summer Bible Reading Challenge and I am reading through the New Testament in 3 months. It is scheduled and each day I know which chapters to read. Today’s selection was Luke 22, 23 and 24. As I mentioned, I wasn’t really in a very good place to be comprehending, but I kept reading. I laughed out loud when I got to Luke 22:35:
Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered.
Oh Lord, what a sense of humor you have! So, if you sent them out without purse, bag or sandals, I guess I can go without a hair dryer!