June 19, 2008


This has been a really hectic week for me. I usually get Friday, Saturday and Sundays off, but last weekend I had to work on Friday and Saturday, and on Saturday night my husband and went home (about 3 hours away) to see my Dad on Father's Day. Less than 24 hours later we were headed back home, and I went right back to work on Monday morning.

I worked late on Monday, and on Tuesday I worked almost 13 hours without a break. The girl who was supposed to work late on Tuesday got sick and went home, so I worked for her. By Wednesday, I was out of scrubs to wear to work. I came home yesterday and found one pair of clean scrubs. My sweet husband knew I was out of work clothes, and he washed a quick load of a little of everything. (We were out of other items too...and getting desperate!)

At my job we have a "schedule" of which color scrubs to wear each day. M-W-F we wear green, and T-TH we wear blue. My husband can't keep track of this schedule, so I was quite surprised to see that he had washed the blue scrubs, the ones I needed to wear today. He explained that he saw that the blue scrubs were on top, and he guessed that's what I'd worn on Tuesday, so he washed them thinking I would need them today (Thursday.)

I really appreciated this small gesture from my husband to help out with the laundry (truth be told he does most of it anyway.) And I love that he took the time to try to figure out which scrub I would need.

Isn't he wonderful?

"Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church - a love marked by giving, not getting." - Ephesians 5:25 (The Message)

June 8, 2008

Why a tree?

Genesis 3:8 "Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden."

Today my pastor mentioned this tiny, almost insignificant detail during his sermon: When Adam and Eve became aware of their nakedness and their sin, they hid among the trees of the Garden of Eden. I've never noticed this before, I just remembered that they made for themselves coverings out of fig leaves.

Isn't it interesting that Adam and Eve hid in the trees? They didn't hide themselves in the bushes, or in the flowers, but among trees. They placed a barrier between themselves and Almighty God, and that barrier was a tree. Do you think that Moses included this fact merely for literary embellishment, or was he divinely inspired to include this detail in order to show the greatness and foresight of a Holy, omniscient God?

How could Adam and Eve have known that thousands of years later, God's own Son would redeem even this tiny detail to Himself, by His death on a tree. I Peter 2:24 states, "Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness." While the first Adam hid behind a tree, the second Adam exposed Himself on a tree. While sinful man used a tree to hide from Almighty God, Christ used a tree to make Himself available to mankind. Isn't our God wonderful to include this awesome detail in His plan to redeem His people?