pardon the small disruption in service

No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.
Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)


( a little seaweed / Julie Cook / Rosemary Beach, FL / 2019)

Apologies abound for the slight disruption recently in blogging…
But our family packed up two cars late last week and headed southward
toward the emerald waters and those sugar-white sands of Florida’s northern Gulf coast.

But more about all of that later…

So yes, a family vacation.

And so what do we know about vacations?
What do we know vacations to be?

In part, a vacation is intended for those who opt to head off to parts known or unknown,
in order to unplug, to unwind, to relax and perhaps actually reconnect with those
closest to the heart.

Our own little personal family’s jaunt included two under two,
so there wasn’t a whole lot of relaxing…
however there was a delightful shift in focus.

We were together.

And we were isolated from the rest of the world…or so it seemed.

The television, while seldomly turned on, was never turned to the news.

Computers were not turned on, let alone even touched.

Phones were used to take pictures not to check emails or alerts.

There was a much-welcomed 5 days of sheltered isolation.
We were simply left savoring the magic that happens between children and the seashore.
Nothing more, nothing less.

Yet yesterday, as we reluctantly and sadly loaded the cars in order to head back
to our real worlds, we were reminded in very quiet, yet very powerful ways,
that news had happened in our absence.

In small out of the way towns to tiny outpost post offices, as we journeyed northward,
flags were all flying at half-mast.

A US flag at half-mast is a very visceral and sobering gut check.
It reminds us that we are indeed a united Nation…no more so than in our
collective sorrow.

The half-mast flag is a significant sign of unification for a nation that has smugly
forgotten the very fact that it is united rather than divided.

It seems that there were more mass shootings taking place almost simultaneously around
the country.

31 lives lost
while many more hang in the balance from their sustained wounds.

And once again, the people cry out to their government, “What will you now do?!”

And it is in that cry that I am once again perplexed…

The people cry out to their government, their legislators, their president…
“what will you do to stop all of this???”

This oh-so divided Nation that tends to draw within herself when her flags are lowered,
now demands its government do something to stop the madness.

The evil madness of mass murders.

The real help, however, the real answers, will not be found in the voices of our
presidential pundits or of our local or national legislators…or even
in the words of our much-maligned president…

No…the answers will not be found in what man can do for man…
simply because man is too busy killing man…

The answer is simple really and is found in the tiny fact that we are a nation
that has abandoned our God.

There will be those, many in number, who will argue that God matters not when
a madman takes a gun…

And yet the evil remains does it not?

And so, therefore, where lies our hope, our help, our solutions, our redemption,
our salvation…?

In our government?
In our leaders?
In the words of man?

I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name,
I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’
All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people,
who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations—
a people who continually provoke me to my very face,

Isaiah 65:1-3

36 comments on “pardon the small disruption in service

  1. David says:

    Glad you managed to get a break Julie and were able to enjoy time together as a family without distractions.

    • The only distraction was trying to keep up with Autumn—lest she fall down stairs, drown or find some other form of bodily peril as she races through the day…now, a vacation from the vacation might be necessary HA!
      But thank you David—the distraction of a toddler sure beat the distractions of the world!

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Sorry your lovely family time ended in a reality check. The madness goes on and all we can do is expect our government to take care of the problem. Are we already so dependent on them that we can’t think for ourselves? Have we been so manipulated by them for way too long? It makes me crazy angry, yet we know that God is still in control and even the ugliness of the past few days is in His hands. Glad you had some family time away from all of it.

  3. SharaC says:

    Missed you on here as always, but so glad for the getaway. I think it’s so important given the sad state of things that we are able to actually leave one reality to get into another… peace and quiet is the real deal!

    • Thank you dear freind—I loved your post(s) but like I told Kathy, I’m playing catch up and comments have not been happening.
      I’m going to piggy back off all the madness and post about this lunacy again a bit tomorrow.
      May we continue to pray for our Nation and our President.

  4. hatrack4 says:

    Amen, regarding your post.

    As for the absence, I am always a day late and more than a dollar short, but it did not take me long to notice that you had not posted. I get an e-mail each time, but I went to your site to see if the e-mail notification had been screwed up. I have been praying, hoping you took an impromptu vacation. There could be so many options that were less enjoyable. But I am glad you are back – even though I know you’d rather be on the beach for a while longer.

    • Thanks Mark—I opted to “disapper” and truly loved it—not so much from the blogging mind you but from the news and the madness.
      May we continue in our prayers for some sembelance of peace!

      • hatrack4 says:

        My niece moved to El Paso a few months ago. She is disabled, living with her daughter who is in the Army there. I called Monday night for a check up and she had no idea what happened. No local channels on TV and her daughter had said nothing. In a way, there was bliss there – of course, she was on Fort Bliss, but an unintentional pun.

      • Now that’s a Holy Spirit thing there Mark!!

  5. I remember when we were moving across the country, we saw flags at half-mast and wondered why. Former President Ronald Raegan had passed away. We had been listening to Christian music and not the news.

  6. Wally Fry says:

    Sometimes staying in the cave seems like a good thing. Its not, of course, but it can seem like it.

    • I agree Wally.
      I think the older I get the more and more I prefer the cave.
      This madness is just that…maddening.
      Our Nation has made the decision to walk away from God and now we are living with our wants…and I don’t like our wants.

      • Wally Fry says:

        I don’t like them much either Julie.s Here is the thing, though; we can’t hide in a cave, because our command is to “go.” Not to quibble over a word, but I’d also say our Nation didn’t walk anywhere in it’s relationship with God, as He doesn’t have one with our nation really. He does have one with individuals who make up the nation, though, and they are why we can’t stay in the cave, even though I’d really like too!

      • True that— but what of the nation who turns from God— I think of the verse I 2 Chronicles— to humble ourselves.. to pray and seek and turn.. then He will hear, forgive and heal their land

      • Wally Fry says:

        Well, certainly that was true. But, mostly that was due to the Covenant relationship God had and has with Israel. That’s not the relationship He has with our country. That’s part of the problem actually, is our thinking that way. We rely too much on some leader or leaders to return us to God, when the problem is that individual people have turned away.

      • I think it’s rooted in our Judaeo / Christian base of law and morality — plus the Pilgrims asking for Gods sovereignty over the new land .. all the way down to the founding father’s nod to our inception to “the Creator’s” benevolence and grace being bestowed on us

      • Wally Fry says:

        Well certainly we were founded on that base. I’d be careful with the Pilgrims personally as they may have held to some principles we wouldn’t like. Notably a church run government and extreme legalism.

      • True that again— but my US roots are found on that ship so I dig there a bit— and may I say that I do have a hard time with Christo Colombo aka Columbus, and his treatment of the Indians — but would not agree to taking anything away from our tribute to his “discovery”— but maybe a Viking day of recognition might be in order 🤗

      • Wally Fry says:

        Hey me too. I had two ancestors on board

      • Wow— we knew one another when!!!!!— I’m John Alden and Pricilla Mullins — my grandmother did all that daughters of this and that research back in the 40s and 50s— she was a 10th generation direct descendant, making me a 12th original 🤗— do we have a pilgrim emoji??

      • Wally Fry says:

        John something and Thomas Rodgers if my memory is correct

      • If it’s Alden, we’re kin 🥳

      • But we knew one another when ☺️

      • I concur Wally & Julie.

  7. oneta hayes says:

    Glad you your pleasant get-away. Welcome back. Sorry we had such bad news waiting you. “All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people,” I believe he is still extending mercy. Do we accept? Or do we continue to call on our idols to help us?

  8. SLIMJIM says:

    Glad you got a vacation; yesterday I went to minister to someone from our church; he lives near an area where there’s a mass stabbing incident. This include at a gas station both of us often frequent. And when we ate at a resturuant we didn’t realize that across the street was also where the second incident happen; apparently the guy went to four places to randomly stab people; gun’s not the problem, people will still act out even with knives. How our country need God

    • I’ve always said that Jim— it’s not the gun— it could just as easily be a knife, a bomb, a bat— if people want to cause harm or even murder, they will find a way.

      • SLIMJIM says:

        Yep. My friend is a fellow Marine vet and currently does high-end body guard work. I wonder what would happen if someone was armed that’s a law abiding citizen were to see the guy with the knife in California; things would be different….

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