Why hello there!!!
I sure have missed you all! The last part of February and March has been crazy with a capital “C!”
Spring Break, lots of events, and the everyday enjoyment of investing in my precious 2nd graders, hasn’t left a lot of time for writing. There have been some things going on, though!
That’s right. Miss Kim has some news. It has to do with a little something called the bucket list!
In the past month, I have accomplished 2 things on my list! Marking those things off brought pure joy to a list maker and checker-off-er! This will probably be a long post!
Let’s start with numero 16- Eating with a stranger.
Oh, this story is FUN! My friends, co-workers, and some random by-standers have have received hours of entertainment from this story! I have a feeling in 25 years or so, I will be telling my own daughters this story as they adventure out into the dating world!
So, at the beginning of February, I began communicating with a young man via e-mail. He was interested in my through some things he had read of mine on the Internet. We e-mailed back and forth for a week or so, and he asked if he could come to the ‘Quah and take me to dinner.(He is from Tulsa.) He also asked for my digits and we began texting. So, all week I am super pumped because the young man seemed pretty cool, and the pictures he sent were cute. He was very flattering to me and full of compliments. I got ready after work that Friday night, making sure I felt extra cute, I prayed, bit the bullet, and went for it! We met at a restaurant like 2 minutes from my house( thank goodness he didn’t know where I lived.) I walk up to him and the usually cheerful texter, said hi but didn’t smile, or compliment, or even shake my hand. He looked a little different than his picture, but looks are like 3 or 4 on my priority list. We start having a pretty good conversation and he loosens up a little bit. He asks me about my recent overseas trip, and he want wanting to go to Germany comes up. That’s when it gets weird. He proceeds to show me his German last name tattoo, and tells me he has a whole huge dragon on one arm and a bull on the other. Note, I don’t mind tattoos, but these were kinda ridiculous. Then, he talks about Japanese proverbs, drugs he did at a younger age, and his drinking problem. He uses several profanities, apologizing each time, seeing as I am a good girl. He talks about how he really doesn’t practice Christianity, but would for the right person ( yeah, that’s not gonna work for this girl!) We talk for a while, and then he wants to go play arcade games on the other side of the place. We go over, and he doesn’t have change, so instead takes me outside. He asks what else we can do, and I can’t really think of anything. He suggests my apartment, which I quickly shut down, to which he replys “I am just f-wording with you.” I got my teacher voice out and said “What did you say to me!” The date ended after that. Trust me, there is more to it!
What I learned from 16, is that a) I can have a conversation with just about anyone, b) that God will make his will obvious and he obviously didn’t want me to waste my time with dragon tattoo, and c) that it’s okay to go out on a limb and do something that scares you.God will get you through.
Speaking of trust, #22, took quite a bit of it.
Getting on a roller coaster with an 81 degree 156 foot drop, 3 barrel rolls, and 9 points of weightlessness, took some trust.
Did I mention it was wooden and had only been running a week?
We waited an hour in line, then took our seats. As it took off, I had no idea what do expect. Nerves built as I we climbed up to the drop. Then it took off and we were on a wild ride. Lauren was next to me, and I could hear her screams the entire time. We went through all of the craziness of that ride, and came out, safe and sound. I felt joy, relief, and a sense of accomplishment.
I loved it.
The best thing I can compare it to is a dating relationship. I am getting at a point in my life, where I am investing some time in getting to know people I could have a relationship with. It is scary to put yourself out there, knowing all the risks. Getting to a point you feel comfortable, only to find out the wait will be longer than you expected. Then, when you are about to wonder if it will ever happen, you are standing in the front ready to go in. You buckle up and pray for God’s best, knowing a million things could go wrong, Then you are set off on the ride. It has high, lows, and parts you never expected to find. Sometimes when it ends, you want to go again, sometimes you are disappointed, and sometimes it is just perfect. Each time, though,, when committed to the Lord, will be an experience you learn more about you and grow closer to Him.
That roller coaster was a metaphor for how God is working in my life currently. He is leading me through a journey I have not yet been on. It has had ups and downs, but I know HE WILL WORK!
As I leave today, I want to remind you all of Psalm 118. It has been on my mind a lot lately. There is confusion and chaos, but I know GOD is still GOOD!
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.They surrounded me on every side,but in the name of the Lord I cut them down They swarmed around me like bees,but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns;in the name of the Lord I cut them down.I was pushed back and about to fall but the Lord helped me.The Lord is my strength and my defense[a]; he has become my salvation.” Psalms 118:9-14