It’s funny how life can be such a blur in the process of trying “new things”.
I took a trip over to the downtown public library to get myself a library card.
I’ve been piling books mile high in my living room from all my amazon orders.
Although it’s fun to share and trade books, why not utilize my right to free books?… and a LOT of them.
I waited in line to get into the library which I was not expecting, and was greeted by the sweetest librarian who was overjoyed at my desire to have a library card.
I wasn’t expecting to have to have proof of living in the county limits or multiple other forms of I.D. for a library card, but I did.
As she was typing my information she asked, “Have you ever had a library card before ma’am?”
I laughed “Oh my, it’s been forever and it’s under my maiden name.”
“Oh well you’ll always be in the system, tell me your maiden name.”
“Plunkett” I replied, knowing I would have to spell it 45 times before she would get it right…
I’m so thankful for an easy new last name.
“Yep! Here it is, created in June of 1997, Miss Laura Jean Plunkett.”
I could have cried remembering the day that my mom took me to the library, for some summer fun, to get my very own library card.
I wasn’t expecting that. 🙂
Life just surprise us that way sometimes, and all we can do is lean into it 🙂
I walked through that library like a kid in a candy store, walking through the kid section, then moseying my way to the adult section that was up a *spiral staircase*.
I had forgotten how much I loved that staircase as a kid.
I wasn’t expecting that.
In my 30 days, my goal was to read some classics in my “reading time” every evening.
So, I hit the jack pot when I found this beauty covered in dust, tucked in on a corner shelf.
I quickly grabbed it and ran to the checkout kiosk (because thats a thing now and they no longer put those stickers on your book that tell you when to bring it back, theres a receipt *insert pinky lift*)
I wasn’t expecting that either.
I have found that reading the classics takes much longer than other books, which I had forgotten about.
You can’t skim a Jane Austen Novel.
You can’t skip a page.
You must pay attention to every word and detail that sweet, Jane presents.
I had forgotten to expect that.
The other night, just as I was entering into chapter 5, I heard the plucking of a banjo, hiccups and mishaps all intermittent in there too.
I snuck down the hall way with my camera to see if I could sneak some pics of my handsome fella while he bashfully worked on improving a new skill.
He hasn’t been a quitter when it has come to acquiring this new skill.
It hasn’t been easy for him either.
But we weren’t expecting that.
When I woke up on Day 2 I remembered that verse in Psalm 5 that says “In the morning,Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.“
I realized in the reading of that that I don’t have expectations for anything.
I’ve taught my heart to never expect, because expecting something could lead to disappointment.
But what if I woke up with expectation for the Lord to show me magnificence in the small, mundane parts of life?
What if I walked in expectation to find God in everything that I do, so that I don’t miss Him in anything?
I found Him in my memory of getting my first library card with my mom, I found Him in the joy of climbing a spiral staircase, I found him in discovering Jane Austen’s book of classics, I found it reading her profound literature and in listening to my husband work at something new.
We can find Him in all the small places if we walk in expectation that He is in everything that we do.
In 30 days of wishful doing, I am wishing with expectation of goodness in all the places.
I don’t want to miss Him anywhere.