Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Life Piled on Life"

Our town recently hosted a hot air balloon rally, and each morning on our way to school that week, the kids and I would see the balloons.

We pretended our minivan had magically transformed into a hot air balloon and the other balloons were escorting us to school.

The girls' backpacks served as parachutes as they leaped from the van onto the sidewalk below.

I've always thought hot air balloons were magical and loved our early morning show.

Then on Saturday, we got to see the balloons up close at the park for a night glow. It was beautiful!

When we arrived, all of the balloons were deflated and waiting to be filled.

Watching them inflate, I was reminded of a line from Tennyson I read recently:

"Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'

Gleams that untravell'd world, whose margins fades

Forever and forever when I move.

How dull it is to pause, to make an end,

To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use!

As tho' to breathe were life,
Life piled on life..."

I felt their pain and heard them sigh,

"How dull it is to pause, to make an end. To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use!"

But then they were filled!

And they glowed!

And they were no longer dull.

It reminded me of how important it is for me to be filled, too. When my life feels deflated, and I don't feel special enough, I need to remember it isn't more doing that I need, just more filling.

Thank you, Lord, for making the ordinary extraordinary when it is filled with you.



Nana said...

Becky, your pics. are wonderful. I LOVE hotair balloons too. When Prosser had the first Balloon rally I got a free ride in one. What a great feeling soaring over the valley looking down on everything and it is so QUIET. I hope someday you get to have a ride in one too.

Sally Jo said...

How true! Monday when I was subbing, one of the people in the lunchroom commented on how great it was that I was "working again" because it gave purpose to my life; that most people who retire die within 5 years because they have nothing to live for or get up in the morning for. All I can say to that is BALOGNA! As if work is what we live for. I love your reminder that it is not in the doing that give us life, but in the filling. Mom

Sally Jo said...

And your blog is part of my "filling". Mom

Mama Mimi (Dana) said...

Beautiful Becky. Our balloon rally is coming up at the end of the month. I can't wait to take Charlie and my grandkids to the night glow. I love it that you found a lesson in watching them. God is so good.

Sally, what an arrogant woman that was who said that. What about us poor stay at home moms. My gosh according to her I should have been dead a long time ago. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to stay at home with my kids and now am home for my grandkids too. You can tell her poppycock from your sister in law. LOL