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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Lessons from the Campground

God intrigues me. He always finds me while I am camping to impart a new life lesson with each tent experience. Last weekend was no different.

Saturday night I am snuggled in my fluffy sleeping bag, fast asleep. In the early morning darkness I become painfully aware a bathroom trip is imminent. I fumble with the tent zipper which is stuck. While struggling to dislodge the nylon from the teeth, I begin to dance the potty dance. My feet are tapping and I am tugging. Finally I give it a forceful pull while praying over the tangled mess and the zipper roles up. Whew!

After I rush to the bathroom, I slowly amble back up toward our campsite. On the trek back I notice a strange phenomenon, a subtle roaring is emanating from every campsite I pass. For a second I wonder if wild animals have congregated looking for leftovers. No, I don’t hear wild beasts.

I hear men snoring.

I giggle, completely amused by the various pitch, gurgling, and roaring noises which fill the night air. I arrived back at our campsite to find our tent is rockin’ and a rollin’ in unison with my husband’s wood sawing.

My six-foot-two, tall dark and handsome, can snore better than most. He has been known to register a 5.2 on the Richter scale occasionally. We live in California - this can be sacary. As for myself, I might breathe heavily or sigh politely in my sleep. *grin*

For years I informed my spouse his snoring was perhaps a bit “over the top.” Of course, he did not believe me. Not once in his entire life had he heard himself snore. He was convinced that I was daft and suffering with oversensitive ears.

Finally, it happened. While rooming with a buddy on a trip, my husband’s snoring became so loud his friend picked up and checked into his own room to get a good nights rest. At last, my husband believed.

All of this snoring has led me realize, I too, have ignored loud and annoying parts of my character. I chose to believe my circumstances were an exception to specific teachings of scripture. So much of God’s Word I want to apply but have willingly left certain verses sitting idle. I have ignored God.

Specifically, over the past two years, God has been pointing out several scriptures I refused to believe were for me. Today, I surrender. I cannot see my life as an exception. I must see my life through all scripture, even passages which point out my spiritual snoring. At last, I see, I believe!

Slowly, patiently God waits for me to open my eyes. He never gives up, never tires, never sleeps. He waits and works, crafting my heart and soul.

The Lord has an amazing future planned for me which is born out of obedience. I can’t wait to see what awaits tomorrow as I surrender willingly today.

Jesus obedient: John 4:34
Jonah obedient: Jonah 3:3
Moses and Aaron obedient: Exodus 7:6
Mary obedient: Luke 1:38
Lynn obedient: In progress

John 14:21 (New International Version)
Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."

I retell this story with a hug from my husband and his encouragement....

Tall, Dark, and Handsome, thanks for allowing me to share you with my friends.

Please stop in for a visit at my place: Spiritually Unequal Marriage.

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Anonymous Lundie said...

"I cannot see my life as an exception. I must see my life through all scripture, even passages which point out my spiritual snoring."

Specific words I needed to hear, Lynn. Thank you.


June 24, 2007 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

Spiritual snoring..what a hoot! :)

I have often asked Luke (as we are discussing other's 'quirks') 'What in the world must other people think about us??'

What a great reminder to think of 'others as better than ourselves.'' :))

This was great, as usual...:)


June 24, 2007 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger The Woman said...

Wow! This was an eye... Or should I say ear... opener! Thank you for sharing! Much food for thought today.

June 24, 2007 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Terri @ In His Hands said...

So does this mean I can no longer smother my husband with the pillow when he's snoring? lol

Great post, Lynn!

June 24, 2007 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Keeping my head up said...

Sounds like my dad, who sometimes would be as loud as a train going throught the house. God bless his memory. My husband has his own bouts.........Great post!

June 24, 2007 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

I loved this, thanks for sharing.

June 24, 2007 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger eph2810 said...

Although my beloved is snoring up a storm, I have never packed-up my bed yet and moved to a different room.

As for God's Word, well - I have skipped some passages for years, because I didn't think they applied to me -- I didn't see my fault at first, but oh dear - I was so wrong.

Thank you so much for sharing from your heart and sharing a story about your handsome hubby :)

Be blessed today and always.

June 24, 2007 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

The love you feel for your husband just pops out. Thanks for this insight, Lynn.

June 25, 2007 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Pearls of Wisdom said...

Great insight Lynn. Your love for your husband shines through.

Angel ():) (Angel Mama )

June 25, 2007 at 10:21 PM  

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