Today’s little feature pic is perhaps one of the most beautiful fall photos I’ve taken in some time.
Perhaps my memory is just too short, or there are just too many pictures on my phone (entirely possible), but I just love it. The line of tall, straight trees on the left, leading the eye down the waterway, where the sky’s reflection balances the shadows, and juxtaposed with the old oak tree that’s leaning so precariously over the water – itself reflected almost perfectly…
It could be all that or it could also be the company I was keeping as I took in the view.
Let’s chat about the past week…
Bible School Weekend
Last weekend was a Bible School weekend so we hoofed it up to the Melun area for the second weekend in a row (the weekend before was youth convention).
Bible School weekends look a lot different than they have in years past as I’m no longer teaching. It was time for a bit of a change and I wasn’t expecting to still be doing the commute once a month, looking forward to a bit of a break. However, back in the summer, Dominic expressed an interest in enrolling.
It wasn’t the first time. He’d mentioned it other years as well, but with his post-secondary schooling going on at the same time, he ultimately decided to wait. Even at that, it wasn’t on the books for this year either but back in the summer, the Lord really started dealing with him about it again and not only did he enroll, but he had his tuition entirely covered by a friend of missions and missionary kids back in the USA. Amazing!
So why am I still heading up & back?
…because Dominic also works full time at a local restaurant and very often has to work Fridays, sometimes until 11:00-11:30pm. Meanwhile, Bible School starts at 7:30am, some 350km (220 miles) away. There’s no way he could safely work, drive up, attend the courses, and drive back home Saturday night. So, to help make it possible, I chauffeur him up & back, then fill my day elsewise.
Last saturday, I spent the day with old friends that I hadn’t seen in far too long.
Sylvain was my student corrector back in 2000, when I worked at UNBSJ. He was spending a year in Saint John as an exchange student and was able to work on campus. So I taught the courses and gave homework assignments which he corrected for me (and was paid by the university). We forged a friendship that, I’m glad to say, has continued to be something of great value.
We had brunch together then walked the grounds of a little castle not far from where they live. That’s also where the feature pic of trees along the water was taken.
We’ve had a bit of a week around here… several little things, but which, when taken together, make clear to us that some of the victories that we experienced at youth convention weekend must continue to be fought for.
Pray for our young people. There are good things happening, but those things never come without opposition.
Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.Ephesians 6.13
There are times when victory is defined as “taking new ground” and other times when it is defined as “holding on to the ground that’s been gained.” Either way, it’s still a victory! …and that’s not negligible.
Thanks for stopping by,
God bless you today!
Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle at daybreak