Friday, January 9, 2009

Going to the farm

I am going to be out for a couple of days.
My brother and his children are going to spend a few days being pampered
and we are going to spend the weekend at his home
feeding the farm animals
and caring for the foster children. Maybe I should be a little more truthful and honestly tell you I am going to be watching the children......and Keith will be feeding the animals.
Not particularly interested in putting on the big ole muddy boots
and stomping around in......well you know. :)
Hope you have a great weekend!

I want to leave you with this thought.......just something a little lite.....no worries!

Today while taking Julia to school I saw something for the first time.
Something that I had heard about and feared.
Now most of us would say......that fear is a-- No, No. (Yes, there are many Moms here in blogdom and we talk that way:)
But I would like to remind you that fear can be a good thing......it stops
us from doing dumb things.
The fear of the pain keeps me from sticking my hand in and grabbing the
falling log in a roaring fire.
And the fear of loosing control of my truck
and sliding off the side of a mountain keeps me alert to the clear enemy called-
BLACK ICE.
I have been concerned about this....not something I had ever experienced in Louisiana.
And as you northern girls know............it is usually not something you see before you hit it.
This morning I saw it in the school parking lot.
According to the Wikipedia dictionary this is definition of black ice......

Black ice, also known as "glare ice" or "clear ice," typically refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a surface, often a roadway. While not truly black, it is transparent, allowing the usually-black asphalt/macadam roadway to be seen through it, hence the term. It is unusually slick compared to other forms of roadway ice.

Because it contains relatively little entrapped air in the form of bubbles, black ice is transparent and thus very difficult to see (as compared to snow, frozen slush).

I know some of you are going...DUH!
But for someone who did not grow up in the cold regions.....it is something that I have wondered about. Who wants to be heading down the interstate at 70 miles an hour and hit something
that might allow you to have a free introduction to sky diving......without a para shoot?
Not I.
So how do you avoid this danger altogether? You could never drive during winter.
Not a solution? How about slowing down to about 10 miles an hour?
Not sure the people behind you would appreciate that.
And there is another partial solution.......only drive during the daylight.
I saw the patch this morning
because the beautiful sun came out and gave the hidden ice a beautiful glow. It could not remain hidden in the light.
So............... you already know where I am going.

There are some cold hard things going on right now in our world.
If you dare look at the news it hits you smack in the face.
As we seek to be out there doing the will of our Father......there are already some traps set.
Set with the intent to send you flying. Flying off track.
Conditions are just right........and you know this.
So what is a person to do?
You can sit still and do nothing, think nothing....live in a bubble.
You can slow way down.....and maybe miss a planned meeting. ;)
Or you can drive in the LIGHT.
Scripture promises us that nothing can hide from this light.
It is the light of the world and in it is no darkness at all.
Does this mean you will never feel a tad out of control?
I think we can all say without a doubt, NO!
But I can guarantee with His hands on the wheel
we will never find ourselves free falling
headed for spiritual death.
:) \o/!

2 Timothy 4:18 (New International Version)

18The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

BibleGateway.com

14 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

I surely know about black ice both literally and mataphorically! Oh to walk in the light! Amen girlfirend. Have a great weekend caring for those animals. And as always thanks for your commment on my blog today...very insightful and appreciated!

MJ said...

Have a great weekend....get out there and play in the mud! :D

I love your analogy with the Black Ice....which is a very common thing in my neck of the woods.

Halfmoon Girl said...

We get black ice here too. A thought I have after reading your post (which was awesome, btw) is that I know the spots where the black ice will most often be, so I need to be careful and watchful when I drive through those spots- just as I need to be aware of my own weaknessess and be equipped and watchful when traveling through those times. Hope you have a great time caretaking Sharon. How many kids?

grey like snuffie said...

Yup, no matter what comes our way He is with us, He has gone before us and is not surprised. Breath out and relax---He is good.

Sandi said...

Being from the North I got a chuckle out of your post. When our kids took drivers ed at school in the winter the instucter would take them to a parking lot with black ice and hit his brake and spin the car so the kids would know what it is like.

Shirley said...

Great post, Sharon, as always. Yes, I am familiar with black ice...both kinds. I did hit it once on a bridge....thank God for His protection.

Have a great weekend.

MelanieJoy said...

Of course where I am I don't have to worry about the black ice...but do the black things hidden to trip me. I choose the LIGHT!
Have fun babysitting....by Sunday you may want to trade places with Keith and put on the boots...haha.
I'll talk to you Monday afternoon for sure! Have a fun weekend! Love ya!

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Hi Sharon, I had my first encounter with that black ice last thursday, too. And I saw the face of my husband who was driving, he look startled, and I asked him why, and he explained to me about the black ice.
Be careful always, Sharon. :)

D said...

I'm finally getting to my own bloghopping! Enjoy your weekend away -- I bet you'll be looking after the animals too! ;) I know exactly what you mean about black ice. Scary. Good analogy! I HATE ice, except in my drinks!! LOL D

sandy said...

Thanks for lightening your backgroun-now if the font was a little larger- that would be great! ha!
still enjoy your blogs!

Vicki said...

Hope you enjoy your weekend away! Miss you and came to see what's up, and sure enjoyed your analogy. Isn't God good? We can walk in the light as He is in the Light. ♥

Happy New Year, sister!

Regina said...

LOL! Awesome comparison and analogy! I know all about Black ice, being a Native northern girl. But having been through tons of life experiences I must say if I must free fall I trust God to catch me!

Have fun with the animals (If you call that fun...) by the way I have an award for you!

Denise said...

Enjoy your weekend sweetie, love you.

melanie said...

I hate black ice- we get it a lot!! What a perfect little anology you came up with.

Sometimes though, even in the light- that black ice just looks like a wet spot on the road and you can't tell it's ice until you hit it. But, if I'm gonna hit "black ice" I sure what to know that He is going to catch me when I fall.