So tonight as Scrappy and I walked, I got down to real praying. Apologizing for my distance, confessing my failures in every area I could think of, not asking for any miracles, just asking for forgiveness. And it felt good, but it wasn't quite complete. Do you want to know how I know God listens? The thing that my atheist friends refuse to understand?
Before we left, the TV was on Andy Griffith. The episode was the one where an out-of-town businessman got cheesed because Andy hauled him back to Mayberry to pay a fine. He set his lawyer to get Andy back, and he sent his paralegal, a young lady posing as a college student, to worm Andy's "deep dark secrets" out of Barney.
Barney obliged in his usual "in my expert opinion" way, and Andy got hauled before a state commissioner to answer charges he was unfit. Of course, Barney's heartfelt testimony saved Andy, and afterwards Barney hesitantly put out his hand, seeking forgiveness, and Andy shook it. I told myself that this would be an excellent "frustration bone": something I could chew on as to why Andy ALWAYS let Barney get away with that crap, and use that to take out the day's frustration.
So, as I ended the prayer (or so I thought), I stirred my mind to debate why Andy would shake his hand instead of, say, telling him, "Y'know, Barn, we've known each other a long time, but..."
And suddenly it came to me: Andy shook the hand because he KNOWS Barney, that it's just the way that Barney is and isn't likely to change- and that's enough. His friendship is more valuable that any harm Barney could do to it.
|It's easy to see who's Chris and who's God in this picture, isn't it?|
Speaking of that incredible 3 1/2 mile walk at a blazing 2.33 MPH, here's some pictures from tonight's action, plus a couple from last night.
Here's a bunny from last night, and Scrappy's desperate pursuit.
|At sunset, the woods looked like it was filled with glowing embers. Beautiful, as long as nothing's REALLY burning..|
|Then we saw a couple of deer just at the edge of the tree line.|
|View from the new underpass.|
|Nobody here but us pigeons...|
|Been seeing a lot of these orange guys lately...|
|"Ahh, that's better..."|
|Mr. Ground Hog taking in the sunset..|
|You might can't see them but there were like a million nesting birds flying through this picture...|