Seems that Philip is once again looking at a night of hour-on/hour-off and just not falling asleep … so here I am… it is 2:00am… and I am still so full from our weekend with the DiMauro’s, I figure, what the heck… I’ll just double dip tonight and take one of these things running around in there and do a second musing. Hopefully… you will find it a pleasant diversion from the warfare issue.
As my health has been deteriorating over the past 4 years, Ellen has taken on more and more of the responsibility of communicating with our guests at our B&B…. to the place where she was now operating as the front of the business… while Philip was hidden away in the back dealing with reservations, emails, deposits, bookkeeping, bill paying and the like… and Ellen was really getting good at it.
Ellen was “telling the stories” instead of Philip… and folks were loving it. So… over the weekend here with the DiMauro’s, Ellen has been sharing our stories and tons-a-bunches of her own stories… and Philip is working at hearing the stories that he knows so well… lived thru all of them. But… because I am so “out of it” … I am so up and down and in and out… I needed to focus much more on each story… suddenly I realized that the Lord was trying to show me something thru this.
When Ellen got to the stories of her life at the school where she was teaching, it began to click in. After we left the cult up here, Ellen experienced a new freedom… especially at the school… and I was hearing her old stories, wearing different glasses now. Story after story… where “things” just happened … day after day … between her and the other teachers, the principle, the staff, the students, the parents… all in the normal course of the day’s activity… the Lord would stick something on her plate… Ellen would deal with it… out of who she is… out of her relationship with the Lord and awesome things would come out of each plateful.
It was many years later when Philip was sitting up at the Lake and talking to the Lord about all the new things He had been showing me… and asking Him what it was that He wanted me to do with all this stuff… and He spoke the words that once again caused a major change in my walk with Him.
“Philip… just be who you are… where you are….”