Day 5 | Geology Puns
Often, when I think of the past, I think in terms of the assortment of songs that marked that time in my life. I think about the time when all of my siblings and I were "normal" kids going to school, eating dinner together as a family every night, and the constant stream of soccer practices.
We were a well-oiled machine in the kitchen, and we still are whenever we are back in Wheaton. My dad will end dinner and say, "Good dinner, hun," and that is the signal to clear the table, put away the leftovers, and dive into washing and drying.
The deal used to be that whoever was doing the dishes got to choose the music, so this was a natural incentive to attend to the sink. We generally appreciated our dad's music choices, so Dire Straits was often playing.
The readings today all commented about "solid rock," and my mind became DJ and played the classic by Dire Straits. If you find yourself illiterate in the music that my parents enjoyed from the 1980s when they were dating, then please appreciate the YouTube link.
I wanted to write something flowery and pretty today, but I got rocks. When I took a random geology class to fulfill science requirements sophomore year, I made puns about geology everyday. I would like to take a moment to apologize to all of my friends... by the nature of my jokes, it is clear that I took your friendship for granite.
If you have been keeping up with these random writings, then it is clear that things have been... rocky as of late. Advent has been a journey, and today God gave me a glimpse into why all this scribbling and tapping on key boards is worth it.
In Bible study today, we talked a lot about Philippians 4, a chapter that has been close to me for a while. Take a moment to read Philippians 4:6-9.
I often need to say things out loud or hear myself giving advice to others to put it together myself... I say that I want to trust God... Yep, trusting God... On it... Sure thing... Totally.
It stands out to me that St. Paul says it in a command, "Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Grammar stands out to me because I am a nerd. I love it. I love it in English. I love it in Spanish. I love it in Green Eggs in Ham.
It is interesting that when we have no anxiety, THEN the peace of God guards our hearts. I find it frustrating when people say not to do something but then do not give a better alternative. If I stopped reading, I would jump into frustration and probably start up the geology puns again, and trust me nobody wants that.
"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:8-9)
Just the past couple of weeks, the Lord has not forsaken me, even though I have been sad. He has been near, and He says, "Draw near." He affirms that His is already near.
What do I do?
Think of geology puns? No, please.
Build my castle on solid rock.