We went to a concert on Friday night and when Shane and Shane came onstage for 5 songs, it was an incredibly worship-filled moment. Before one of the songs Shane Barnard shared his insights on the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3). The three knew if they refused to bow down to the king they would be thrown into the fiery furnace. Shane emphasized verses 17 & 18 where they proclaimed their belief that God could save them, but then went on to tell the king that "even if he doesn't" they still wouldn't bow down.
Many of you probably heard about the accident that happened later that evening. As Starfield was performing their second song, the floor of the church gave way and a massive sound & light structure came down on the crowd. As shocking and traumatic as I'm sure it was for everyone there, it felt especially sick that our family had to be present for such a horrific moment (though thankfully safely seated in the balcony). One of my first thoughts was, why did WE have to be here for this? Reflecting on it later, I thought again of the fiery furnace. There are a lot of difficult situations that we have yet to face and we won't ever know if God will "come through" or not. It's like when Job chose to say, "though He slay me, yet I will trust in Him."
So, it felt good on Saturday to spend the day outside in the sunshine. Erik and I decided on a whim to build a tree house for the kids in the backyard. (Erik would tell you it was all my idea, but I definitely didn't force him to go to the lumber store for materials or spend 8 hours building!) Doug & Erik laboured while us girls spectated from blankets on the grass.
Micah playing on the lumber.
Caleb enjoying some crackers and sunshine.
Keziah being little miss helper.
This was the progress by the end of the day. Hopefully in the next couple of weekends it will have walls, a roof and a more sturdy foundation. Micah has been promised a "boys only" sleepover once it is completed and the weather is warm enough!