You have all probably seen Paul’s paintings on my blog. Occasionally I’ve posted some of his carving work. After he was diagnosed with cancer (now in remission) and endured a small stroke, he put the chisel and hammer aside for a while. Yesterday, he began to work on a huge chunk of wood which we couldn’t let go of when we downsized a few years ago.
We moved a lot of wood along with us . There was so much, I wondered if he would ever be able to carve through all of it. It was such a blessing to see him in our backyard, doing this again. If he does manage to create art with all the wood he’s accumulated, he should live to be about 950 years. I guess he’d be in good company, since Noah died at that age and was quite a wood worker himself.
So Paul got back in the groove yesterday and so did I. After planting some more flowers and giving the house and myself a good clean up, I did the same. Last night began rehearsals for the sequel to the play I performed in last October. I am the same character – a fussy old lady who manages all the social events at the church. This time she’s the wedding coordinator.
Both of us got our share of exercise and brain stimulation – more than we’ve had in quite a while. Its good to get back into the groove. Each of us has our own ways of doing that. I hope the Lord will continue to bless us with good health so we can push forward. All things we do while we inhabit the earth should be to His glory. He also wants us to make the most of the time we have. Paul is now 77 and I will join him next month. We don’t know when we’ll take our final breath, but we are confident that with God, all things are possible – even in doing the things we most enjoy in these final years.
Today Paul is a little sore from using muscles that hadn’t been. I was glad to get through almost three hours of rehearsal without collapsing – which I actually must do in this play. Still he just left for the plein air class he teaches and I’m sitting here writing my blog. We press on for the prize.
“ I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phillippians 3:14