When we got home from theirs last night, we put the girls to bed and headed downstairs. Dave had a ton of marking to do, so I hopped on my bike (which I haven't ridden since before Heidi was born), and headed off on a little bike ride round the local roads and through the park.
I love my bike. It's beautiful (and a wonderful birthday pressie from Dave last year!) and it is also one of the few places I get thinking time. I'm not very good at stopping, and I think it's fair to say, I don't really know how to relax, but my bike is one place I can do that totally. The evening sun was still warm, there was a light breeze and I just savoured it all.
|Ava and I on my lovely bike last summer... and Dave on my Mum's!|
I think there's a life lesson here. Sometimes God allows us to go on a bit of a journey before receiving a blessing. It makes us appreciate the little things more, and it makes us appreciate his goodness and provision in a bigger way. Here I've been, whining about all the awful weather we've had, and then last night, I realised I was actually thankful for it... It has made me so much more appreciative of all this beautiful weather; the late spring and the green shoots, and flower buds and pink blossoms finally peeking through.
You know what I realised? Whether we're talking houses or springtime, sometimes these things are worth the wait... And that wait just makes them all the more beautiful when they do come.
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