Love weaves a door…in the storms of life

by Craig on June 3, 2012

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Now let’s see…
in the metaphor…

the sticks and leaves are supportive people and things…
the weight bearing beam of the shelter is God…
and the approaching storm?

That’s…you know…stuff.

I’ve been considering the building of a shelter in the storms of life…it started here.

So…

where did I leave off?

Oh yeah…

layering the roof and walls of the shelter with leaves and whatnot.

Not so many layers that the shelter collapses from the weight…
but just enough to give us some really nice and handy insulation.

And now…

to make a door to keep out the invasive wind and cold.

By the way…

I’m thinking I’d want windows along the sides too…
but none of the nature sites offered any advice.

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Anyway…

they do mention a small, portable, battery operated refrigerator.
So I think I’ll add that to all the other things in my backpack.

And…

the backpack has gotten a little heavy.
And I want to be realistic about this…you know?
So, just to be realistic and all…

I think maybe I would be a good idea…

to bring along a couple…
just a couple, maybe a few…

really. stout. pack mules.

And not the stubborn, nasty, moody kind…but the nice kind.

Preparation is important for hikes.

And I know, I know, I know…
if I was really prepared I’d have a an extra tent…
I’d have anticipated the criminal tendencies of coyotes.

Sometimes you just wanna go for a walk…and there’s bird poop in your path…

What are you gonna do ¯\(°_o)/¯
you can’t prepare for everything.

Anyway…

back to the shelter.

The top and sides are built…
and maybe windows and a sky light ツ…
now for the door…which I found out you build like this…

…gather finger size dead wood and lash it into a grid pattern.
You make two grids and place debris between the grids.
I imagine that’s like having double pained windows. Smart!
Then you lash the grids together and voila¯\(ˆ◡ˆ)/¯an insulated door.

Easy right?

So now we have the support beam, and sturdy-ish walls and roof (and windows), and an insulated door.

And oh, one more thing…

the door has to be facing the right direction.

That’s the next – and last piece of building a shelter in a storm…

Please come back.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie June 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

“the sticks and leaves are supportive people and things…
the weight bearing beam of the shelter is God…
and the approaching storm?

That’s…you know…stuff.”

God and community do provide the structure and support of shelter during the storms of life.

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Craig June 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

For so many years of my Christian faith. I thought going it alone was the way – but Christianity was NEVER designed to be that way – a personal relationship with our Lord, yes – but in community with others – it’s always been the weakest part of my faith – I’m trying… I’m trying ツ God bless you, Katie!

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Caddo Veil June 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

What struck me in this section was, “you can’t prepare for everything”. You know, Craig–this will probably make me sound nuts, but there was a time in my life (eons ago) when I actually thought I should be able to do that (that everyone should–wouldn’t it make life easier??). Oh well–guess that’s one of the main reasons we “Got Jesus”. He knows what’s ahead, He’s prepared the Way for us–no worries, right? (the correct answer is RIGHT!) God bless you today, brother–hope you’re having an excellent week. love, sis Caddo

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Craig June 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

It’s a stormy season, sister, but I know how to build my shelter – I know which way to face my door, and I only worry in proportion to the extent that I don’t believe. And I don’t DON”T believe too much. Though none of us believes with faith the size of a mustard seed. So I;ll say I believe about three quarters of a mustard seed LOT. :-)

And….

That’s quite a responsibility – preparing for everything – you have wisdom now that you didn’t used to. Don’t you? Thank you, and God bless you Caddo.

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