JP 2018 Update - Day 12
Happy Sabbath Friends!
WOW! This was a busy week. Being at Romney is definitely interesting to say the least. I am still trying to get adjusted to how different it actually is from Winchester. As I've told many of you, I stayed at the Koolwink Motel Monday-Thursday. If you want to see for yourself the beauty of a sea foam green sink, toilet, and shower, stay here! Romney continues to frustrate me in various ways. Finding cell service is like finding gold, in order to get wifi, you have to go to McDonald's (which is 15 minutes away), it has rained everyday I have been here, no AC in the bunkhouses, I could really go on for ages about how much I have disliked being at Romney so far. But in only a way that God does, he fought through my anxieties about this city and reminded me why I am at JP.
Romney is very different in that it is very small. I met a man named Dave last night at McDonald's. Dave walks up and down the town limits multiple times a day. I had seen him walking throughout my time here, and I decided to talk to him. I threw on my Morgan's Sparkles, which had been very rusty, and asked him how many steps he got today. "I don't count steps," Dave said, "I count hours." "Well, how many hours did you get today?" "Oh, I got about 2 hours today. Normally I get around 3 or 4. I'll come sit here when I'm tired then I'll go back out." Amazed at this man who appeared to be in his 70's, who walks for hours a day. The conversation went on and I introduced myself, explained what JP does, and talked with him some more. Dave is one of those gems that you find in a small town. I left him to his meal and went to sit in my usual spot to do work. As I was working on my Work Order Forms (WOFs), David called me so we could talk for a bit. Before Dave leaves McDonald's, he calls to me and says, "Morgan? It was a treat to meet you. God bless you for your work in Romney." I, of course, stumbling through my words come to say something along the lines of, "Thank you for talking with me! I'll be praying for you!" I immediately beat myself up over such a poorly worded interaction. He smiled and walked out.
Today on the day the Lord created am running errands that we couldn't run earlier. Needing to go to Costco, Walmart, Lowe's, and Staples when all of those are in Winchester means you need to leave an hour earlier to get there; which meant I needed to leave at 6am... Seeing as I have been "tire-cited" (Week 1's new word for working at JP, tired-excited), I was VERY excited about waking up at 4:30 to take a shower and get ready for the day... Right before I fell asleep I decided to wake up at 5:30 instead and skip the shower in an effort to get more sleep. This was a fruitless effort... I ended up waking up at 2:45am, 3am, 3:45am, and at 4am I finally said Screw it! If I can't sleep then I'll go pee. I put on my flip flops and run out to the bathroom and come back, get all snuggled into bed again, then try to get some more sleep. After much tossing and turning, I am tired, frustrated, and done with closing my eyes. I make the executive decision to just take a shower and leave early for shopping.
Early on in David and I's relationship, we would have playlist competitions to share music with each other, but over the last year we have fallen out of that habit because of the busyness of life. We decided to restart that habit and his playlist was what I really needed to jump start and turn around my day! I finished my shower and left the bathrooms around 5am. Got ready the rest of the way; as I walked out of the bunks I saw the sky. The sun just peaking around the clouds. Absolutely beautiful. If you don't know, you'll see later when I make my first blog post, I LOVE nature. It is so fascinating and I believe nature is one of God's favorite ways to remind us of how much he loves and watches over us. Having this reminder Abba is here, watching over me, protecting me, giving me strength and energy, was just what I needed to hit Walmart, Lowe's, and now I am waiting on Costco to open at 10am.
Friends, on this Sabbath day, take a walk or start a conversation with someone you haven't talked to but seen frequently. See how God reminds you he is very real and working in everything. As Mary Rice Hopkins says, "God's fingerprints are everywhere just to show how much he cares!"
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