On January 28, 2008 my wife, Ginger, and I celebrated 25 years of marriage. We often talk of our “escape” on the evening before our wedding. We had a lot of college-aged friends and were used to pulling pranks on each one that were about to “get hitched.” The only thing was … we were next!
So we sneaked away from our Rehearsal Dinner party and headed to our favorite place, the beach. It was already dark and we took what would become my inheritance from Ginger — a Baja VW Bug — and drove through the sand along the surf line. It was a nice break with laughter — silence — contemplation about the future — and hanging out with my best friend.
We returned a few hours later to the real world. it’s amazing how THAT story is so engrained into our marriage. “This night 11, 14, 18, 22, 23, now 25 years ago …” we always begin. And we reflect upon the time that marks a milestone of beginning in our amazing journey.
The last two days I have been fighting Internet problems. We had the cable guy out who repaired wiring outside and then had additional problems with conflicts with the router. I am amazed how much we are connected around here.
I think after a couple of pretty busy days still ahead that I will have to do something to unwind again. A nice long motorcycle ride just might do the trick. Google Maps are calling me even as I type this!
Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path. “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day”is inspired by one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture, a blessed and audacious act that left no regrets: “Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it”(2 Samuel 23: 20 -21). Unleash the lion chaser within.
What if the life you really want, and the future God wants for you is hiding right now in your biggest problem, your worst failure and your greatest fear?
Story Behind the Book
“Our best days often start out as our worst days. And our greatest opportunities are often disguised as our biggest problems. You can land in a pit with a lion on a snowy day, and it will seem like the end of the road. But God is in the recycling business. He recycles past experiences and uses them to prepare us for future opportunities. That is the story of my life. And that is the story of your life. Look in the rearview mirror long enough and you’ll see that God has purposely positioned you everywhere you’ve been, even when it seemed you’d taken a wrong turn”. Mark Batterson
Interesting day today (Tuesday). Ginger and I visited the grave sites of dozens of my family members on my father’s side. And I found out a lot of history about it. Although our name is not “Bastian” — the “Bastian’s” bought this farm land 152 years ago and started a cemetery that only allows relatives to be buried there. So that means that I am related to people who are documented and approved to be part of this family line. Pretty cool, eh?
Pictures will follow, but for now why not check out the link to the Google picture. It is in Hinckley, Illinois.
Or copy and paste this into your browser. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Hinckley,+DeKalb,+Illinois,+United+States&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=0,41.769040,-88.640300&t=h&ll=41.758108,-88.656578&spn=0.004002,0.009903&z=17&iwloc=addr
Had a scare over the weekend. On Saturday, May 10, I felt a pain in my abdomen.
Quick summary: A small part of my intestines got “twisted” and the blood flow was cut off. I was in extreme pain and life pretty much stopped.
My wife rushed me to the emergency room, “Indy Style” and within an hour or so I underwent a CAT scan. They called in a surgical and recovery team and once they arrived I was rushed into surgery. They “untwisted” the intestinal loop, watched the purple color disappear, and sewed that piece to my colon.
This is kind of a gross summary of what happened, but the surgeon said that it was actually life-threatening and in a matter of hours could have been dramatically worse.
Thank you for all the prayers, I am doing MUCH better right now. That’s three major surgeries in the past 15 months. Time for a break. The prognosis is very good with a full recovery in sight.
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I really like the way this photo turned out. It is at an obscure lake called Lake Eleanor at the north side of Yosemite. You practically need to 4-wheel drive to get to it. On Labor Day weekend (Saturday) we only saw 2 other people there besides the park rangers. In fact 3 different park rangers came out just to say, “Hi.” I think they were enjoying the beautiful day as much as we were.
Romans 1:20 (NLT) 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.
My wife, Ginger, and I had an extremely fun week of “unplugging” and just enjoying what God has made. So … where do you go and what do you do to stop and enjoy nature and all its beauty?