Acorns From Oakes

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Comings and Goings

Last Wednesday I told you that Sky and Remi, my granddaughters were on their way to me. And come they did. Our time was brief but so good. Remi has mastered the art of spitting up. I think she got around to splattering everyone who held her. My blue jeans still have Remi spit-up on them. The unique thing about it is that it was always a surprise attack. Why didn’t we see it coming? I mean we knew she had just eaten. Maybe it was because she has mastered another art as well…the art of stealing hearts. She looked at me with those wonderful blue eyes and flashed that heart-melting smile of hers…and I was so taken with her, that I just never saw it coming. She could have baptized me in baby-goo…I didn’t care. She was there in my arms. That’s all that mattered.

And Skylar…her third birthday came while she was at our house. We all sang happy birthday to her…and if I could duplicate the joy that radiated from her, I could bring world peace. She was so happy and excited about it all that I kept leading encores of happy birthday. We sang it at least three times. Her kisses and hugs do something to my old heart that I can’t fully explain. Our little Skylar has come a long way…a long way in her development…in eating and speaking…but also a long, long way in our hearts. Of course she has a stubborn will that can be very trying. But the sparkle in her dark eyes and her joy over the things she loves about life inspire me and fill me with gratitude to God.

So I was properly Skylarized and Remified at Thanksgiving. It was awesome! But now they are back home…and here I am missing them again. But I am not as I was before. My heart is bigger…it has more memories to cherish…more prayers to pray…more desire to be the best Poppa I can be. I am glad!

Our lives are filled with comings and goings, aren’t they? Some we plan for. Others surprise us. Some are joyous. Others are painful. Was Jesus teaching the disciples something after His resurrection when He would suddenly appear to them, perhaps in a room, and then just as suddenly disappear? This happened repeatedly. Do you suppose they began to think, “Well, you just never know when the Lord might show up?” And did they start to realize that He was with them even when they couldn’t see Him? His comings always contained lessons for them. Did His goings do the same? What do you think?

Amid all the comings and goings in your life, may the One we love Whom we have never yet seen, be a constant Presence with you and your Source of unspeakable joy.

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4 thoughts on “Comings and Goings

  1. Uncle John on said:

    Doug,
    Yes, the little ones certainly enlarge our hearts with such innocence, wonder, and surprise. We are too very blessed men (for a lot of reasons), but particularly for our children and grandchildren. Thanks to you and Vicki (I know she did way-more of the work!) for hosting our families and for the opportunity to see those grandbabies all together.
    JOHN,
    THE BABIES ARE LIKE LITTLE MISSIONARIES FROM GOD SENT TO GIVE US HOPE AND INSPIRE US…I AGREE THAT WE ARE TWO BLESSED MEN. AND YOU ARE RIGHT…VICKI DID AN AMAZING AMOUNT OF WORK PREPARING FOR THANKSGIVING…BUT SHE LOVES TO WORK HARD FOR HER FAMILY. IT’S JUST THE WAY SHE’S BUILT. SHE IS AWESOME. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR NEXT MEETING, JOHN. I LOVE YOU.

  2. I think the disciples did begin to think, “You never know when the Lord might show up.” I also think they began to cherish the moments when He did show up because they knew they would not have him there to touch for very long.

    I have a friend that I cherish. I cherish the moments we have, but each time we are together I spend 1/2 the time thinking about how short our time will be. Sometimes I start planning the good-bye before the hello has even been said. I let my sadness about the end of the visit taint the blessings that come during the visit. I wonder if the disciples ever did that …

    I need to live more in the now … I want to enjoy the journey … not always be “looking forward”. I want to appreciate the visits and not worry about when they will end. I don’t really know how to do this though. I need to retrain my brain to not jump ahead … any suggestions on how to do that? I haven’t got a clue.

    I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE SAYING WHEN YOU REALIZED THAT THE JOY OF THE VISIT BEGAN TO BE DIMMED BY THE DREAD OF DEPARTURE. I HAVE FELT AND DONE THE SAME. LIKE YOU, I AM TRYING TO JUST REDEEM THE TIME WE HAVE TOGETHER. PAIGE, KNOWING AS I DO NOW THE KIND OF HEART YOU HAVE FOR YOUR LORD AND YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES, I’M JUST SURE THEY ARE NOT MISSING THE MESSAGE OF YOUR HEART TO THEM. AS FAR AS SUGGESTIONS FOR NOT JUMPING AHEAD, I DON’T THINK I HAVE MUCH TO OFFER…I JUST TRY TO PAY AS CLOSE ATTENTION TO EACH PERSON AS I CAN. I TRY TO NOTE THE GOODNESS I SEE IN THEM AND ENCOURAGE IT ALL I CAN. I TRY TO REALLY LISTEN BECAUSE I WANT TO HEAR THEIR HEARTS AND BECAUSE I BELIEVE THEY ARE SO PRECIOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT AS I KNOW THEY ARE IN MINE. I WANT TO SO TREAT THEM THAT THEY KNOW FOR SURE THAT I LOVE THEM WITH A FOREVER LOVE. AND I KNOW NOW THAT IF I HAD YEARS TO SPEND IN THE PRESENCE OF ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, IT STILL WOULDN’T BE ENOUGH FOR ME. I’M GREEDY THAT WAY. I AM SO RELIEVED TO BELIEVE THAT WE WILL ONE DAY BE RELEASED FROM TIME AND DISTANCE TO BE EVER PRAISING HIM TOGETHER. ONE OF THESE DAYS…

  3. You just never know when the Lord is going to show up!! Isn’t that how we need to live our life?? Anticipation for the coming of the Lord? I will confess that most of my life I was not able to say “Come Lord Jesus”…I was selfishly living my life the way I wanted to live my life and…honestly?…not wanting the Lord to come ..not yet! I still needed to get these things under control (yet I wasn’t really trying) I still needed to get my kids to act right so we could go to church (I could STILL be waiting for that one!) and I needed to get right with the Lord again.

    I figured out–without God there is nothing I can get under control, my kids are going to act the way they act, and God was patient and gracious in allowing me time to come to my senses and come back to Him. So I hope that I will hang on to that thought “you just never know when the Lord is going to show up!!”

    As for the disciples…maybe they learned to cherish the time that they had with the Lord and then learned to feel that way with each other. To soak up every good thing from their time together…so that it might fill their heart until the next time they could be together. We can “soak up” God things from each other when we are with kindred hearts and hang on to them….tuck the memory away and take it out and hold it when we need to…until He comes.

    I’m glad that you got to spend time with your little bundles of blessings! Thank you for sharing your stories about spitup (comes with the baby territory huh?) and birthdays.

    HI SHERRY,
    I ALWAYS ENJOY READING YOUR COMMENTS…THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME. WE NEVER KNOW WHEN THE LORD MIGHT SHOW UP…BUT WE KNOW HE WILL. AND EVEN WHEN WE ARE NOT SO AWARE OF HIS PRESENCE, WE KNOW HE’S RIGHT HERE WITH US…BECAUSE HE PROMISED TO BE…BECAUSE, BLESS HIS NAME, HE WANTS TO BE. AMAZING, HUH? IF YOU ARE LIKE ME, I SEEM TO LEARN A LOT OF “AFTER” LESSONS. IT’S ONLY AFTER THE EVENT THAT IT REALLY SOAKS IN. KIND OF LIKE THE DISCIPLES ON THE ROAD TO EMMAEUS, WHO REALIZED AFTER THEIR ENCOUNTER WITH THE STRANGER THAT THEIR HEARTS WERE BURNING WITHIN THEM AS HE SPOKE- THE STRANGER WAS, AFTER ALL, NO STRANGER. AND I SEEM TO OFTEN REALIZE LATER WHAT I COULDN’T SEE AT THE TIME, GOD WAS WATCHING OVER ME IN MY CIRCUMSTANCES…THE TRIALS…THE HEARTACHES…THE FAILURES…HE DIDN’T CREATE MY FAILURES BUT HE WON’T LEAVE ME TO MY OWN DEVICES. I LIKE WHEN YOU ARE READING THE BIBLE AND FIND A TIME WHEN THE WRITER IS THINKING BACK TO A TIME WITH JESUS…LIKE PETER DOES WHEN HE SPOKE OF BEING WITH HIM IN THE HOLY MOUNTAIN. I’M KINDA SLOW…BUT IT’S OKAY…BECAUSE GOD TEACHES ME AFTER LESSONS. HE IS SO GOOD. I AM GLAD YOU KNOW IT TOO. I PRAY HE SHOWS UP FOR YOU TODAY IN SOME WAY THAT JUST LIFTS YOUR SOUL.

  4. Rex Boyles on said:

    Not many weeks ago I felt some of that anticipation – sitting outside an airport, waiting for you to walk out. Then I felt some of that same “homesickness”, when I watched to walk back into the airport 3 days later. Familiar feelings of the comings and goings – for beloved children, grandchildren, and friends.

    How much more for the Beloved – the good shepherd – the better priest – the best friend to sinners, like me? When the disciples “hung out”, waiting for Jesus to come back to take them home – didn’t they have that homesick feeling – telling stories of “do you remember when He hugged those babies … when He calmed that storm … when He carried Peter back to the boat … when He made breakfast for us … when He promised to come back to get us?

    In his book “The Robe” (more mystical than spiritual – more philosophical than historical), Lloyd C. Douglas wrote that the disciples would often stop at a crossroad – looking both ways, as if waiting to see Jesus walking there way … or stand gazing at a lone cloud in the sky, wondering if that might be the cloud Jesus was riding back to bring them home.

    I want to live with that sense of wonder – that genuine “homesickness” for Jesus. Thank you for reminding me to stop – look – listen …

    I REALLY LIKE WHAT LLOYD DOUGLES IMAGINED…THE DISCIPLES LOOKING FOR HIM…WONDERING IF THE CLOUD HAD A RIDER. I’M JUST SURE YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT THE DISCIPLES BEING HOMESICK FOR HIM AND SHARING STORIES OF THEIR ADVENTURES WITH JESUS WHILE HE WAS ON EARTH. SOME OF THE SONGS WE SING ABOUT JESUS COMING BACK SEEM TO SPEAK A LOT ABOUT OUR WEARINESS WITH HAVING WORKED SO LONG (I KNOW THERE’S RICH TRUTH IN THAT) OR THEY SPEAK OF THE JUDGMENTAL ASPECT OF IT, E.G. MANY WILL MEET THEIR DOOM, (AND I KNOW THERE’S TRUTH THERE ALSO)…BUT FOR THE TWELVE, WOULDN’T IT HAVE BEEN MOSTLY A WONDERFUL SENSE OF ANTICIPATION AT HIS RETURN? WASN’T IT LARGELY ABOUT JOY OVER THE THOUGHT OF RENEWED TOGETHERNESS WITH HIM WHO LOVED THEM TO THE UTTERMOST? I COULD BE WRONG ABOUT THAT…BUT THAT’S WHAT I THINK.

    YES, I THINK THE COMINGS AND GOINGS OF OUR LIVES ARE PREPARING US. YOU AND I HAVE SPENT TOO MUCH TIME AT AIRPORTS SAYING GOODBYE…EVERY TIME…EVERY SINGLE TIME…I GET BLUE OVER IT. BUT THEN WE HAVEN’T SPENT NEARLY ENOUGH TIME AT AIRPORTS SAYING HELLO, HAVE WE? I HAVEN’T FIGURED OUT HOW TO HEAP UP THE HELLO’S AND BE DONE WITH THE GOODBYE’S…BUT ONE OF THESE DAYS, BROTHER…

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