Mountain Lions

It's a random topic, I know. Today at lunch, one of our regular volunteers mentioned how there had been a confirmed sighting of a mountain lion at the south lake in December. Mountain lions are rare in Iowa. Period. They've only been returning within the past year. But to have one within a few miles is exciting to me. I know there's a lot of people talking how bad this is. People are excited to shoot one; no one wants one around--especially if they own livestock. But personally, I think its great that they're back. They're supposed to be here. Now, I'm not going to get off on some animal rights rant--I don't believe animals are worth more than human lives, but I also feel that God put us in charge of things to take care of them and keep them in order. We've done a crappy job of doing that. Sometimes we just need to learn to adapt and let things be.


Miracles & Maturity

On Monday we went to the hospital. We got to see the ultrasound of the baby. It's incredible to see that developing life on the screen. At 18 weeks, I could watch it move around. It's incredible to think that someday it, God willing, will be an adult with a family of its own, too.

Then I think that I'm not ready to bring a new life into this world. I've got a lot of things to work out in my own life. But is anyone ever truly ready? We're never finished until God brings us to completion.

I guess that's part of the point of miracles--we're never ready for them. They're meant to be another catalyst in helping us grow.