The photo that heads this blog was taken in … well actually although both Paul and I remember taking the photo we can’t agree on where it was taken. And THAT is an accurate description of our lives. Accurate because we have been to so many places they all seem to meld together.
When I look at the photo warm feelings fill me. I love driving with Paul. We have a lot of fun crisscrossing the Continent. (BTW: would that mean that we could be called “incontinent?”) There is laughter and hard work. We appreciate each other’s skills and compliments are not rare between us. We are best friends going on one adventure after another.
Even our truck has become an identity in our team. I call her Black Beauty of course. She is the partner we work with everyday and she does what we could never do. She is strong and reliable and I am attached to her emotionally. When I grind her gears I audibly apologize and imagine her wincing. But she forgives me and keeps giving all she has to get the job done.
After a long shift (11 hours) there is the cozy feeling of getting changed into my pjs brushing my teeth and climbing into the bunk. Snapping the cage in place (seatbelt webbing made to cover the bunk with 3 seatbelt buckles) and snuggling under the blankets I listen to the tires on the road; the power transferring from her differential to the drives. I love being lulled to sleep while my husband starts his shift behind the wheel. I trust his driving.
Then there is the beauty of the land that we have become familiar with; the joy of praying together before starting a shift; the satisfaction of on time delivery; camaraderie with other drivers, especially Schneider drivers; the benefit of being well paid; the visits with family and friends along the route and the joy of time at home.
God has abundantly provided for us and although we only get to church once a month, He has never forgotten how many hairs we have on our heads, or in which bottle He caught my tears. His thoughts toward us are innumerable and His plans are for our good. Today in church my favorite Pastor spoke and the Lord said to me, “Why are you sad Denise? Are my provisions not enough for you?” I am so foolish Lord, and You are so wise. You know the beginning and the end. I trust you and all the room in which you have placed me.
Promises from today’s blog:
Luke 12: 27-30
Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful worksWhich You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them,They are more than can be numbered.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,plans to give you hope and a future.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.