This morning was a blessed morning. The Lord blessed me as I stacked about 4-5 facecords of firewood at our house. It's interesting how the Lord works things out. The firewood had been delivered to our house on Tuesday evening, just as our first winter storm of the year dumped about a foot of snow on us here in Lake Placid. As the snow fell, I realized that the huge stack of firewood, being quickly covered in snow, was completely blocking the entrance to our basement, and therefore I was not going to be able to get my snowblower out of the basement. That meant I was going to need to shovel the driveway THREE TIMES between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning so we could get our cars out of the driveway.
Anyway, finally this morning I had the chance to get to the pile of snow-covered firewood, to get it properly stacked along the wall leading down into our basement. As I began the process of shoveling the snow off of the firewood and then stacking the wood neatly against the wall, I had my ipod on shuffle songs mode. Every song that played was a song of praise to the Lord, declaring the goodness of God, the greatness of God, and more. Some of the artists who sang included David Crowder, Darrell Evans, 4Him, and my good friends Joel Goddard and David Ogden. As I heard songs celebrating the grace and forgiveness of God, songs declaring "this is what it means to be free!" and songs reminding me that "we are warriors for Jesus Christ!" there were times that God's grace was almost overwhelming. Who knew stacking firewood could become such a time of worship?
I have a couple of conclusions:
1. When you have a job to do, do it. Do it with the right attitude, and expect God's blessings to flow. They did for me this morning.
2. If you really believe that God is sovereign over everything (and I do) then He can even make sure you hear the right songs on "shuffle mode" on your ipod, songs that you need right at that moment.
Keep your focus on Christ at all times. He can work through firewood and ipods.