November 2008


Tonight was quite an enjoyable evening. I got home from work and had dinner, and then my roommate got home from work and had dinner. We were sitting at the table talking about life and some things going on right now … and then we decided to rent a movie.Since I needed to do laundry tonight, I gathered my laundry so that it could start while we were at Blockbuster.

I started to take my laundry down to the laundry room, but when I opened the front door, I noticed our unwanted visitor: a spider across the ceiling right above the door of the vacant apartment across from us. Now, this spider was on the large side … but that’s not what bothered me. What bothered me was that it was black … and I knew it wasn’t just any black spider. Having had a previous close encounter with a black widow, I had a pretty good hunch that’s what I was looking at in front of our door. I quickly put my laundry basket down and called for Karrie. The following events were quite dramatic, long, and funny.

When I called for Karrie to come to the door, I asked her if she likes to kill spiders. Unfortunately her reply was “no.” So here we are – two girls afraid of spiders, uncertain what move to make next. Fortunately, Karrie has a bottle of insect spray. (I love that stuff, because it means you can kill a spider from a distance. Only down side – the smell!) So she sprayed that thing (several times … and then several more times). It finally stopped moving … and then started to fall some, hanging by it’s web. It stopped falling around eye level. It was spinning, and I noticed a flash of color on its underside. I was like, Karrie, that is definitely a black widow (I had told her that a few minutes before, but she didn’t believe me). Well, she still didn’t believe me, because she couldn’t see the color for herself. After several minutes of trying to convince her it was a black widow … the spider fell to the floor.

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She finally decided to believe me 🙂

So then, of course, we’re both totally freaked out, as you can see …

Our faces of terror

Our faces of terror

And of course … the spider is still on the floor outside our door. I’m not picking it up!

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My mom often sends me quotes from books she’s reading. This one is taken from Stephen Charnock’s The Existence and Attributes of God. I believe Rick Holland is who I heard recommend this book, and I told my mom about it. It’s a quote from Charnock’s section on God’s wisdom, and I hope it encourages your soul.

“God in regard of His infinite wisdom, is fitter to carve out a condition than we ourselves; our shallow reason and self-love, would wish for those things that are injurious to God, to ourselves, to the world; but God always chooses what is best for His glory and what is best for His creatures, we are in danger from our self-love, in no danger in complying with God’s wisdom. So He appears as our wise director, and by this He extracts good out of evil, makes the affliction which destroys outward comforts consume our inward defilements; and the waves that threaten to swallow up the vessel, to cast it upon the shore.”

In recent months, Christian Bale has become one of my favorite actors. I just think he’s a great actor and I really like several of his movies – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, 3:10 to Yuma, Newsies, etc. Well Wednesday I got to make a drink for him at Starbucks. That’s right … Christian Bale came to Starbucks in Santa Clarita (go figure!). It was quite funny, and as soon as he left all of us working (all girls) definitely started freaking out. 🙂 It was a fun experience and we were pretty excited. But then I got to thinking, and I was sad …

Why is it so easy for me to get so excited so easily over a famous person, yet my heart barely stirs at the thought of Christ? Christ … the One who has completely and absolutely changed my life and done everything for me! Instead, I get excited over this actor who cares nothing about me, doesn’t want me to bother him, and only cares about getting the beverage he ordered. I can get so caught up in the here and now with stupid things that enthrall me. Now, I don’t think it’s wrong to enjoy the fun little moments the Lord provides us with as part of our experience here on earth. But it just makes me stop and think and examine my own heart and what I love and what I get excited about. Why don’t I rush to text people about Christ and things He’s done in my life the way I rushed to text people about making Christian Bale’s drink? I took my lunch break shortly after he was in there, and I was thinking some about this. I was reading in Psalms, and it was really just perfect. Psalm 49 talks about “The Confidence of the Foolish.” It was so appropriate for the moment. It reminded me that man and his accomplishments on earth are nothing. All that matters is Christ and what’s done for Him.

So this post is a little random … I’ve never written anything about guys or guy/girl relationships before. But, there is a first time for everything, and I’m kinda curious what (if any) response I’ll get to this. Basically, I just want to share my observations from my own personal experience and perhaps someone can enlighten me as to why this is. 🙂

It seems to me that among non-Christian guys, there is much boldness and courage to ask a girl out, pursue a girl, tell her she’s cute, etc. But among Christian guys, there seems to be a lack of asking girls out and pursuing them. Why?

So I think pretty much everyone knows I’m looking for a job … I think I should go for this. 🙂