My Musings ♥ ~ light summer haze blankets park, treasured young voices echoing throughout , sweet mama with baby carrier over arm, handsome little boy walking with her, soon coming back with two identical twin boys – four little boys in all! Asked where the boys had been – Kinder Camp – Sudden remembrance of my “Park Lady” day’s sweeps through my mind.
Summer of 80 and the Park Lady ~
Today I want to be intentional and lift my praises and thanksgiving to Jesus for His provision in a time of need. Why just today, you ask? My “Kinder Kamp” conversation with sweet mama in the garden triggered a 37-year old memory causing laughter to flow out of my soul. Come with me to the summer of 1980. I am much younger my 9-months public school media job and paycheck are ending for the summer. Needing a job to fill the gap, I heard Parks and Recreation hired “park ladies”- yes that was the title! Calling, I inquired, “Do you hire women over forty?” The silence on the phone was deafening. I remember asking “Are you still there?” and a quiet voice said “Yes I am here, and no we never have, but you can fill out an application.” I was hired and told to attend a 9:00 a.m. meeting the following week. I found myself meeting with eleven young, athletic, tanned college girls. Gasping quietly at their beauty, I feebly
sat down, and listened to an ambitious list of summer activities. Oh sweet sister, did I want to run out of there as fast as I could! I needed this job and no way was I displaying my inferior feelings. I was to create activities, supply the materials, and “ride herd” all day on any child that was dropped off. Now don’t get me wrong, I like children, I am creative, and I can collect lots of materials for daily activities. But, in retrospect, what a responsibility without any contact information for those kids! I survived, 2 1/2 months of lonely, unruly kids of all ages, holed up in the park bathroom with scared kids during severe storms, and much more. Today Kinder Kamp and Playground Pals have replaced all day activities, and a staff of college men and women have mercifully replaced the “Park Lady”.
Blinded by Confusion ~
At that time so much confusion was going on in the park that I missed what God was doing right in front of me, providing for us in a very practical way, though often it was not in the way I expected or hoped for. Matt Brown, writing for desiringgod.org shares this, “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, but you may only be aware of three of them. Over and over again, Jesus’ disciples missed what He was doing right in front of them. They missed the point of the miracles and lessons, all of which should give us hope for our own lack of clarity today.” Some of you will read this and say, glad that wasn’t me! Others will relate in similar circumstances, hopefully not as a “Park Lady”!
Rehearsing God’s Goodness ~
Each of us finds ourselves in circumstances we do not understand sometimes temporarily, (I trust) losing hope. But, I have learned to take a minute and rehearse verses such as; Psalm 77:11,”I will remember the deeds of the Lord. I will remember your miracles of long ago”, the emotions that we struggle so hard against -frustration, bitterness, sorrow, anger or whatever fills your soul will begin to slip away and the light of Jesus will soon shine brightly on your days. This “slipping away’ does not happen instantly; Psalm 51:10 encourages us to ask God immediately to “create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me”.’ Oh precious Lord Jesus remind me once more to “ remember” what you have done in times past, Amen.