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The first song of spring

The Vineyard

Dear Friends,

Today was one of those non-stop days of meetings, appointments, surprise guests, service calls, and so forth. On top of that seven (incredibly!) youth from Raleigh were visiting the camp for their spring break and we’re somewhat frantically trying to ready for a wedding this weekend.

I try to plan ahead, organize my day, and get my priorities accomplished no-matter-what, but this was a crazy day and  I was constantly finding myself greeting guests, putting out “fires” and trying to get all the last minute things done before 250 guests descend upon our camp this week. By the end of the day I was a bit harried…. Blessed, but harried.

We had to head into town after our last guests departed (a boys club meeting for my two youngest sons) and then we headed home to do another 101 things before bedtime. At the last moment, right before bed, the fourteen year old realized that he had left some clothes at the Rock House (one of the guests house at the camp) and he begged me to drive him there. Reluctantly I did so, but I was in a foul mood and had a hard time hiding it.  

But there at the Rock House, at 8:45 pm, after a long, tedious day, I smiled for the first time and my spirit was lifted—I heard the song of the Whippoorwill for the first time this year.  I wrote about this last year about the same time. I cannot explain why the sound of that little  soothes my soul, but it does. That sweet little birdsong seems to be the very voice of God reminding me to stop taking myself so seriously and take time to enjoy the joy and beauty of family, friends——and little birds.

One of God’s greatest means of revealing Himself is through His nature—-from funny dachshunds, to the majestic wolf, to the little whippoorwill, I can see a bit about God’s incredible love for creating and for diversity!

This camp represents a small piece of God’s creation—-and His revelation of who He is.  I am blessed to be a part of a ministry that is so diverse, creative and different.   Please pray that our diversity and celebration of His natural and divine revelation can continue for many years to come.  

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Dean Barley

The Vineyard

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919 360 8493 (Mobile)

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