Uncle B has taken it upon himself to fill in some gaps in my family’s life.  Among other things, he’s provided a place of escape, been a parental-idea sounding-board and a “Let me take care of that” volunteer.  But certainly the thing he delights in the most is making sure we have been infused with adequate amounts of fun factor.  Uncle B likes to have fun and enjoys making sure everybody he cares about has had sufficient fun as well.  So, naturally, when he strikes upon some new fun idea, he gives us a call.

“Hey, you guys have GOT to come out!”

“Whacha’ got goin’ on?”

“You jist cum and see!”

On this particular day Uncle B had been moving dirt.  He had piles of dirt.  Lots of dirt.  Lots of piles.  They were several feet high and in numerous rows like a quilt of moguls.  Playland for boy toys.  All the ATV’s were out and running.

“Watch me,” he said and drove through the course while we stood by.  “This one is a little more challenging,” he cautioned as he maneuvered over in a new direction, giving pointers as he went.  “Now you try.”

We all took turns going through the piles of dirt from various angles.  Every time we tried something new, Uncle B was there telling us how to do it.  “Ok, now turn your wheel to the left.  Good!  Now shift your weight to the right leg and get your wheel up there.  PERFECT!  You did it.  See!  Look at you!” he beamed.  “Now go try that one.  I’ll walk you through.”  And he did.  Sometimes it didn’t go quite as planned and the conversation went more like, “Umm… That wasn’t really what I had in mind.  But… that’s OK.  We’ll pick it up from there.  Hmm… Now go this way.”  On occasion we got in a pickle bad enough that it literally meant “we’ll pick it up”, but we never got so stuck that we couldn’t get unstuck.  We spent hours kicking up the dirt with our tires, rolling over one mogul then the next with the guidance of our ever-present spotter.

Kicking up the Dirt

 “And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 NKJV

If I will just listen and patiently wait, God wants nothing more than to be my Spotter.  There is no turn I can make that is too wrong for Him to work with and no “stuck” from which He can’t get me “unstuck”.  There might be an easier trail, a more abundant pathway.  But there is no course of direction I could take that would be so out of line as to make it hopeless.  He’ll work with me from where I am if I will just let Him.  He has gone over this quilt of moguls before me.  He knows the way.  He knows all the ways.  He is The Way.

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  1. Carol Leonhardt

     /  June 25, 2011

    Hi, Carol here. Reading your blogs felt like being on Holy ground where God is. Thank you for your beautiful word pictures. I’m blessed and will be back.


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