Today was Different

I know these posts are supposed to be short, but today was long. The plan for today was to work for Mr. and Mrs. McClanen. Simple enough: probably split wood for hours on end and enjoy the new verses I was memorizing and meditating on. God had other plans, but I still enjoyed the Scripture verses.

It was snowing off and on when I called the McClanen farm and since Mr. McClanen wasn’t up yet to make the final decision, Mrs. McClanen said he would call me back. This was very nice because I hadn’t had a chance to read the Bible yet. Now I didn’t just have 5 minutes, but half an hour! When the phone rang I answered it quickly but SURPRISE! it was Robert!! After a short but very nice talk, the phone had barely touched the hook when it rang again. This time it was Mr. McClanen who said I could come on over and get to work.

Mom had to be at Grandpa’s by 9:00, so she could go to Clarksburg with him for his surgery and do some shopping. We were soon rolling down the driveway in the truck. On the way we began hearing a strange scraping or groaning sound so I looked under the truck but nothing was dragging. In Salem it got worse, and when we turned in to Grandpa’s house, it was a terrible and VERY loud SCREECH! We were very concerned. Mom took off right away with Grandpa and Grandma and I went in to make phone calls. The McClanens were very flexible and we rescheduled the work day to tomorrow. After talking to Dad we decided to leave the truck at the repair shop and Donald would come and pick me up. The mechanic said it was probably a stripped out-hub since the problem only occurred while the truck was in 4-wheel drive. It was a good thing that I didn’t work at the farm today because the snowfall became so heavy that I would have been drenched. It was also a good thing that we were able to get the truck in the shop today because we could be needing it real bad with all the snow that is expected. 

It was a prosperous day inside: I ordered 25 holly bushes from Musser Forests, PA which we would be planting to help shelter our beehives from the relentless winter wind. Fortunately, they will be able to ship them in early March before the Sabbath Year begins because the plants are in plastic pots, not bare root. 

The rest of the morning was spent putting together a couple braces which would be used to help assemble beehive frames in a uniform manner. Most of the afternoon was spent typing information that I would use to help teach the beekeeping “school” in March: a basic overview of beekeeping from July to December. I was able to cover the month of September pretty well. Praise the Lord!

Just before supper I answered a call from our good friend Mr. Wilkes in VA. It looks like he and Dad will be off together for an exciting time in Indianapolis, IN tomorrow morning! At supper it was a joy to hear about Jonathan and David’s antics in the snow this afternoon. It was particularly good to hear that Grandpa’s surgery went perfectly and the cancerous place on his head was removed before it had a chance to enter his bloodstream. He has to keep the place elevated above his heart as much as possible, though. I guess he just won’t be able to do any hand stands or summersaults! But we praise the Lord it will not interfere with his healthy, productive lifestyle!

So there’s a day at the Staddons’ house. I am glad that every day is different, but today God’s goodness to us was very evident. And I finally got around to writing my first blog post! O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!


  1. Lauren February 1, 2007 at 3:39 pm #

    Hey, Keep seeking the Lord and He will continue to pour out His blessings upon you.

  2. Emma and Kristen February 1, 2007 at 3:39 pm #

    Hi May God richly bless you as you continue to honour the Lord in all that you do.

  3. Joshua February 1, 2007 at 8:58 pm #

    I really enjoyed this post! How often I need to remember that the Lord does orchestrate my starts and stops. He doesn’t always say “no.” I believe sometimes He just wants a new perspective or change of course…..wisdom! Thanks Michael, the whole family will get to read this in the morning after I print it off.

  4. Robert February 2, 2007 at 12:39 am #

    Mike, it’s so neat to see your example of looking to the Lord in each situation that comes along. As Donald says, “Abiding is Exciting!” Thanks for your encouraging post!

  5. Sarah and Kenan February 2, 2007 at 5:48 pm #

    Thankyou for the encouragement on memorizing and meditating on God’s Word.

  6. Daniel February 4, 2007 at 1:53 pm #

    What a day. But believe me–these kind of days aren’t few and aren’t far between! I guess it is the Lord keeping us in His will and out of our “comfort zones” so we will be most effective for Him. How thankful I am!


  1. Holly Madison Pic - June 1, 2007

    Holly Madison Pic…

    I Googled for something completely different, but found your page…and have to say thanks. nice read….

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