This past weekend was quite eventful, with times of simple relaxation tucked in between the crazy moments, and the start of this week has been near the same. Life still hasn’t settled down into routine, emotionally, mentally or in day-to-day scheduling. Things still seem to always be in a state of needing to be figured out or not having enough information to complete anything or fully decide anything, options and questions still seem to be popping up out of the blue even when things seem to be finally in place.
Justin and I talk a lot about how life is right now, how difficult and confusing it often seems, how there are so many unanswered questions and so many possibilities, but no clear direction yet.
We recognize this time as a time of being refined by God, a time of learning, waiting and growing. A time when integral lessons must be learned, habits must be broken, habits must be formed, and crucial new perspectives must be found.
1 Peter 1:5-7
5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
It is such an important time, yet so weary on the soul and mind as well.
However, despite the up’s and down’s of learning as two young adults in this crazy world, we are enjoying where we are right now! The future still has a lot of questions that need answers and a lot of options that need decisions to be made, but we are still so grateful to have each other and to know God’s blessing on our relationship as we continue to forge through while still having adventures along the way!!
Remember THIS post about going to all of those Art Galleries downtown? Well, this past Saturday Justin and I revisited one of the galleries and talked awhile with the director, who is originally from The Netherlands, about volunteering and helping out! We had a grand time discussing, not only volunteering, but the art life downtown, Europe and swapping stories of our histories and understandings of art.
After talking, we made our way to Cold Stone to use up a gift card that Justin has had since March.
Since we were near the mall we stopped in for a bit of spend-free browsing, but saw the best of our browsing before even entering any stores! These little mopeds were a quaint site in the parking lot!
After visiting the mall, we headed back downtown for a jazz night event at the capital building. It is a one time a year event that I simply adore and had even found someone to cover my work shift so that I could attend it!!
Jazz Under the Stars = a cool clear evening, live jazz and swing dancers on the sidewalk.
…it just makes for a stunning evening.
However, the weather had a different type of evening in mind and the rain caused the sky to be clouded and gray, the musicians to pack up their beloved instruments and the swing dancers to remain indoors.
The evening wasn’t a complete wash out though!! Justin and I enjoyed a cozy dinner at Mellow Mushroom, before I headed to campus to pick back up my work shift.
Through all the craziness and unknowns, it is such and amazing and beautiful thing to know that he is there for me, and to strive to be able to support and be there for him in return.
Once I had gotten back to work I was expecting no more than a simple evening of quiet library conversation and the normal work shift routines. But a few hours into my shift I noticed something next to the reserve books that caused it to be a much more interesting night. As I walked past the small bookcase of books to return to my seat, movement by the bottom of the shelves caught my eye,
and there I saw it, the little guy, a snake.
My stomach did a quick flip-flop as I watched it wriggling to the back of the shelves, and I strode over to a few girls and asked them if either of them knew anything about handling snakes.
Thankfully, Elizabeth H. was up for the task! She excitedly exclaimed that she was scared of snakes, but in the same breath inquired as to where it was, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is where the fun began!
Our goal was to lure the snake into the trash can by coaxing it out with scissors, and so we tried, by pulling the bookcase forward to get behind it, but as this plan was taking place the snake slithered cozily directly underneath the bookcase shelves that didn’t have any openings on the bottom in the front nor the back. So plan B came into action, taking all of the books off of the reserve shelves and picking up the bookcase itself instead of just merely tipping it.
In the end Jesse and Elizabeth took the snake and ‘released it into the wild’ next to a tree making for a happy ending for all!
We really are the best snake handlers out there. ; )
(Jesse – Elizabeth – Me)
And now the week continues on, the work continues on, the prayers continue on and the learning continues on.
And in the end, life really is a lovely thing to be living.
Note: Remembering 9/11 today brings back to mind the moments of standing together with my family in the living room and watching the history making events come to be. We had all just been planning to go on a family walk and had gotten just a few yards from the house when my oldest sister ran out of the house to call us in and tell us what was happening. We all crowded around watching the replay of the first tower being hit, but wait, that wasn’t a replay, that was the live footage and the second tower being hit and crumbling to the ground. It was surreal, and a moment that will forever be in my memory.
And so on this day, I remember.