Feel free to groan at that title. I did.
Wow. And wow. And wow. This day was right up there with my trip to Chi-town and will go down in history (my own personal one, that is) as one of the best days of my summer.
But we’ll get into that later.
Scripture reading for the day:
33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!
34 For who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to give him advice?
35 And who has given him so much
that he needs to pay it back?
36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
Today was soul nourishing.
5 of the things that made it sparkle:
1) I got to see Michele. I wish I could sum up what that means to me. I met Michele when I went to boarding school at 14. I grasp for words when I try to describe her, for fear that my effusive praise might come off as insincere. She’s an inspiration, my role model, the person I want to be when I grow up. And spending 2 hours of uninterrupted conversation, being challenged and encouraged by her, connecting with her on a soul level, as any good student of Larry Crabb would, was an unbelievable gift. I just felt “full” after talking to her, brimming with hope, joy, peace about the future, etc. One of the things that stuck with me most about today warrants its own post, so stay tuned.
Michele also gave me her newest novel (yes, she’s an author–have I mentioned that I want to be her when I grow up?), for which I had been saving, so I’m extremely happy to finally have gotten my hands on it! (PS: Shameless plug alert–check out her website, to which I linked her name above. Seriously. She’s great and I love her writing).
2) I found my physical therapy prescription!!!!! In February I went to the orthopedist and got a physical therapy prescription for my knee (for insurance and all that jazz). I promptly forgot about it until March, at which point I realized I had lost it. I called the office and arranged to pick up another prescription, which I picked up in April, because I’m really bad at life. I then forgot all about PT, because I was taking Nervous Breakdowns and Something Like Them 101. I assumed the second prescription was in one of the piles of papers on my floor. Today, I turned my room upside down in search of it. It was gone, along with my self-respect and that little blurb about “organizational skills” on my resume. I did, however, find my first prescription, neatly filed away with my important documents. It’s coffee stained and dated 2/19/10, but I think it’ll do the trick. If I hadn’t found it, I’m not sure I would have had the face to call my doctor and ask for a third prescription. I may just have run until my knee blew and the ER would take me.
3) A list of 23 goals. I just posted a list of 23 things I want to do over the next 23 years, per my friend Julia’s suggestion. Seeing those goals in writing, on paper, was really good for me. I’ve been kind of stagnating this summer, and not only was it inspiring to see a future me projected onto paper–seeing the big goals helped me to think of little ways I can start achieving those goals now. I don’t always like baby steps, but sometimes that’s the only way. Also, does anyone wanna go rock climbing with me sometime? I’ll be just terrible, and you can take pictures and blackmail me later.
4) My friend Tarek is visiting America from Australia, and today we connected and started making plans to see each other! I haven’t seen him since we graduated high school, and I’m extremely excited to see him again.
5) Today I got the news that my lifelong friend Joanie is ENGAGED! I’ve been grinning like a fool all day today because I’m so happy for her, for him, for them, for life. I like it so much when people I love are deliciously happy, and it’s been particularly awesome to watch their story unfold. Now I can put the money I had been saving for Michele’s book toward a plane ticket to Turkey next summer. 10 dollars down, 1,490 to go. Whoop whoop!
So what are YOUR five ‘gratitudes’ for the day? Huh? Huh?