Around the World
My day technically started at 1:30am when I completed an application to go around the world (well, ten countries) in 23 days on a global scavenger hunt. I was so excited about it I couldn't sleep.
A few hours later, I was awake and at the gym, spinning away because I knew I'd be dining at The Statesman Tavern, and I wanted to create negative caloric space.
(Don't fear, I have gotten it all back, with interest.)
In between, I was just reminded of God's goodness and the patience that so many of his people had to endure, but the fact that the rewards were so much more than they could have imagined. Abraham and Sarah. Joseph (son of Jacob). Simeon. Hannah. Moses. It served as a great encouragement.
Books arrived in the mail this morning, along with free movie tickets. So much joy before I even went into work and started my "real" day!
Other great moments:
My boss says of the scavenger hunt (i.e., three weeks off of work), "That sounds like fun! I hope you get selected."
I got to catch up with a beautiful friend I haven't seen in ages, and we spoke of travels and our love of new experiences. And we also drank Greek wine.
I got to go to The Statesman Tavern with my friend M-dogg, where we enjoyed everything from the black tea + fig old fashioned to the burgundy braised beef to the raspberry mousse. A culinary adventure! Any meal that takes less than two hours is doing something wrong, eh? So, a huge thank you to the Statesman for making the night so special.
And last but not least, I was contacted by the global scavenger hunt folks to schedule an interview.
It all comes back to the hope. The promise. Trusting in the One who is faithful to give us more than we can hope for or imagine.