Sunday, October 17, 2004

rain and stuff

I had a really cool experience tonight. I was driving home on the freeway and it started to rain. Then "Did you feel the mountains tremble" came on the radio. I turned it up really loud and sang at the top of my lungs driving down the empty freeway with the rain coming down. It felt so good. I felt like I was really praising God. I am pretty sure this is the first time I've seen it rain since I've been back. I think it must have rained one night because when I got up one morning, the street, driveways and cars were all wet. But this is the first time I've seen it rain here since I got back. Quite a change from the daily thunderstorms and occasional hail of Colorado Springs. It feels nice. Right now I'm listening to it outside my window and I know that I'm not going to have any problems falling asleep tonight :).

Tonight I went to Chris's apartment and got to hang out with him and the Gaeblers. It was so cool to see them. We made spam musubi (cuz Chris remembered how we made it spring break freshman year), had caramel apples, talked nerdy (I feel bad cuz I must have grimaced every 15 minutes (I think it's at the point where no matter who I'm with, whenever someone says something nerdy, people turn to look at how I'm going to react . . . I'm trying to be more tolerant, I will get better, I hope)), caught up some, and watched "Chariots of Fire" which I had never seen before. It was great. A good night. Now with the rain and the cool drive home, it's officially a great night.

That's another thing, I realized today that I really like driving. If gas didn't cost so darn much, I wouldn't feel so bad about driving so much to work or to wherever. It's kinda nice, a good time to reflect or to pray. I think the thing that really helps is that I'm not afraid anymore, I'm not intimidated by it. I am realizing the key was my mom coming here, riding around with me, and telling me that I'm a good driver. Ever since I started driving, my mom has told me that my driving made her nervous and that I'm not ready to drive on freeways and stuff. That made me really nervous about driving. I think it makes a big difference to me that my mom thinks I drive well. Thanks Mommy.

I'm pretty sure that everyone reading this already knows this but I sent out an email to people in response to my blog entry about my getting a job. I was blown away because I got so many responses to that email. I didn't know that people cared that much to know what was going on for me. Thank you so much everyone. I feel so blessed and I appreciate all your prayers and thoughtful advice. I also think that Josh and Jordy have a point about the person getting the job should be the one treating others instead of the other way around, so as soon as I get myself a place, I'm throwing a party. (Just to let you know, I have no idea when I'm getting a place, but but as soon as I do, there WILL be a party).

I guess that's it. God is amazing, I am in wonder. I am praying that He will show Himself to all of you as well. Good night!


Anonymous said...

Now that I know you like driving, that's one less excuse you have not to visit me. Don't worry, I'm sure you have at least fifteen other excuses, so I still don't expect you to make the trip.

Oh, and if you want there to be much chance of me hitting any shindig you throw, please give me as much advance notice as possible.


jon said...

so much happiness in that post!

I'm happy that you got a chance to really worship God!

I'm happy that you slept well last night!

I'm happy that you got to hang out with Chris and the Gaeblers!

I'm happy that you watched Chariots of Fire (I used it as an example in my sunday school lesson on the Sabbath today)!

I'm happy that driving doesn't stress you anymore!

I'm happy that you are feeling blessed and prayed for in your job decision!

I'm happy that you're throwing a party!

I'm happy that you're praying for me!

And I'm really, really happy that you were able to feel how much people love you and care for you, and know that it is only because God loves them so much that they have extra left over to give.

Thanks for making me happy michelle. :)

Anonymous said...

Ok, since I get the impression it wasn't as obvious as it probably should have been. I really don't expect you, or anyone else to drive two hours up to Santa Barbara just to see me. Sorry if you took that last post as a guilt-trip. It really wasn't meant to be.