This is my favorite time of the week. A time when I get to beg, borrow or steal five minutes while the kids are watching a movie and eating ice cream. A time when the roosters and the chickens are in bed for the night and I have a few moments to myself to put something down on paper. A time when I get to go and join my friends over at The Gypsy Mama and read what they write.
In just five minutes.
To paint my own verbal picture. To just write and not worry if it’s just write or not.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Get a little crazy with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.
Today, the prompt is simply: Wonder
a : a cause of astonishment or admiration : marvel
b : miracle
When I think about wonder this week, I can't help thinking about the wonders of God in my life. I know that I am astonished at His mercy and magnitude. I am going to share with you something that I have kept back. This week, there have been several fires, all close to where we live. One of them is less than six miles away and has burned down the utility lines. The entire town was without power for a day and a night. Since then, they are telling us the power could still go out at any time. The fire is still burning. The flames are still along the lines and putting us in danger again of not having electricity or phone service. I have been on call every night at the fire station to try and help the people who this is hardest on. I have been out on runs every night and am now functioning with little sleep.
It is a wonder to me that God has given me the strength to continue to help where I am needed. We have another fire twenty miles away, north of one of the lakes, and of course, the fire that is 50 miles away that is the biggest fire in Arizona history. The forest is so dry. We are in need of water in all the areas.
The wonder for me is that, with all the destruction and difficulties, I am seeing the best in people. Communities coming together and helping each other and working to keep everyone safe. I have seen Post Offices moved into new locations, mail sorted out, and people getting their mail far away from their "real" homes. I have seen total strangers living in the homes of total strangers. I have seen such an outpouring of love and support for each and every person.
The wonder for me is in seeing the blessings that come in spite of (or maybe even because of) the trials. It is seeing people pull together, work together and care for each other.
It is seeing the miracle of love in action.
What wonders have you seen this week?