I have finished Teen week and my second to last week of camp. It was a wonderful week, to be sure. More drama than usual, but I’d been expecting it.
Of course, this week I found that the place where a lot of the kids minds were and the source of some of the drama going on was relationships, which caused me to reflect a bit. Personally, I’ve chosen to walk the courtship route… But that’s a post for another day.
I just don’t see the point in getting as close as some of them were so young. I was thinking about it during Chapel one evening and came up with an analogy that I think is rather clever, if I do say so myself. It goes like this: A baby tree is planted too close to another seedling. As the two grow, they get all the things they need to thrive as adult trees, and all the while the space between them shrinks and their roots become intertwined with each other, until it gets to the point that they are so close to uproot one would kill the other. One of the trees grows faster than the other, and starts to steal nutrients from the other, and eventually the tree will wither and die of malnourishment.
I think it’s the same with people. If you get too close with someone too soon, you become too dependant on them, which is dangerous. Adult trees do just fine with other trees, and can even be pretty close to them without harm. But while they are seedlings they’re doing the most growing and need the largest space ratio.
I dunno. Maybe I’m just an odd kid who zones out and thinks about plants in relation to romance randomly. (Dig that annunciation!)
This coming week is angel tree middler week and my last week of camp! *sob* I’m looking forward to it, but I’m rather intimidated again. I’ve heard a lot about these kids and how crazy this week is going to be.
& Side note — A friend of mine who works at camp got one of those cheap-o bouncy balls mailed to her this week… no box or anything, they just slapped a stamp, an address and a note on it and stuck it in the mail. So of course I’m going to try it. hehe 🙂
I found this little guy in his web ouside my pot of mint. Ain’t he cute??? He made me smile.
& For the record, I am not a spider killer. I save them. 🙂
Xander had the surgery this morning. He came through fine, was particularly groggy, and he came home around 6pm tonight and has been sleeping ever since. It’s hard seeing him this way, but he’s a fighter and he’ll be back to his old antics soon, without a doubt.
An interesting thought occured to me after we brought him home, though. All my parents and I have been hearing is how it’s more traumatic for us for him to lose his leg than it is for him. He’s definitely had no fun through all this experience, except maybe for really letting the vet have it, but he doesn’t go through the emotional suffering like people do.
I think it’s that way with God. In the bible, we’re compared a lot with sheep and vines. And human beings have a greater range of feelings and emotions than a vine or a sheep does. At least that’s what I believe. Since we have those abilities, we can experience suffering that a sheep could never imagine. We can feel things that a vine would never comprehend. So isn’t it logical that a God so great and so awesome and so powerful, who created the universe and everything in it would also have a greater range of ways to experience feelings, emotions, and pain?
Watching Xander go through the amputation, we’re sad because we feel empathy and greif for what he’s going through, even though he probably doesn’t understand fully the gravity that we see it to. And I just think that God is that way with us. He sees us sinning every day and he greives for us. He sees every little thing that happens to us every day, every person that cuts you off in traffic and every bit of bad news you get. And he feels it. He feels every little nanometer of emotion and feeling within you. And I believe that when we’re really broken up and sad, he’s crying. Not just sniffles and a stray tear here and there. Bawling his eyes out because he doesn’t want to see his treasured and precious creation feel any trace of pain.
And the same goes for the happy things that happen to us in life. He is not an unfeeling God. Quite the opposite.
Last night it rained. Hard.
And boy did we need it… It hadn’t rained in almost a week, and we are in the peak of pollen season, so as a result it was off the charts. The picture was taken on an outdoor table that was pretty well coated with it. xP
I kid you not, everything looks strange without a yellow haze clinging to it. You could see the stuff in the air. Yuck-o!! So last night when it rained I went out to get cleaned off a little too, with the rest of the earth. Man, it felt good. 🙂 People, this is perfect rainplaying weather… not too cold, but not many thunder/lightening storms yet. Next time you see rain, I dare you all to run out and dance in it for about 10 minutes. Longer if you decide you like it. 🙂
brings to mind the song, “Bring on the rain” by Jodee Messina, does it not?