There was lots of surrendering today. It was great helping my friends have a great day of no plans, and surrendering to the whims of time and energy.
I thought of some ideas of what to do. I even researched them. But alas, my colleague, Tuan, had another idea. It didn’t sound too interesting…in part because it wasn’t my idea, but for the sake of practicing “surrender,” I went with his.
It was the best mini-trip we did together! God is good. =)
The slideshow also needs some explanation. My friend, Chris, has a developmental disability, but is smart in some areas of life that I haven’t dared to gain intelligence in. Such as wood-working. The pics show Chris using some high-powered machines that most children would not be allowed to go near. Goes to show Chris isn’t a child.
Jim, who owned all the stuff, was a friend of Tuan’s, and knew lots of stuff about wood-working. He knew Chris had a developmental disability, and he heard Chris naming the tools and proclaiming he had taken a class. Jim started to choose a piece of wood, and, quite casually, hooked up the machine for Chris. Chris actually used the machine! He got good comments from Jim about using “good form” and good safety precautions. Goes to show Chris did know about wood-working.
I walked away from this small adventure with a great depth of gratitude. It was a day well spent. We didn’t place much emphasis in planning, but surrendered to seeing what might God provide.
Surely, God provided a good outcome to my surrendering of my own planned out ideas for the trip. And God provided us an encounter with a fantastic man who was willing to surrender and trust in Chris, making a very memorable experience for all of us.