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Sunday, September 20, 2009

When the Roll is Called Up Yonder

 When I blogged last and shared our birthday adventures at Mom and Dad C.'s house I purposely left off my favorite all-time theme.  It deserves its own moment in the sun.  Scavenger Hunt.  Two groups of five.  He's Too Good To Me and I  were with his brother M.,  wife R., and their daughter C.

On the opposing team were my daughters with their own R. and C.  They were the lightweights.

Mom and Dad did not go, they stayed at the house to keep Max and, most importantly,  prepare a party for us when we returned. 

We were given a list Mom and Dad created.  Rules: there weren't any, with the exception of NO SPEEDING!

Ready, Set, Go!  First thing my group did - SPEED!  Had our opposing team done the same they would have been grounded.  Oh, the pleasure of motherhood.

We were in Hubby's and brother's home turf.  Just a minor unfair advantage.  From looking for abandoned homes to schools  to cows they seemed to know exactly where to go.  Poor lightweight team - they had to do alot of searching. Cry me a river.

R. and I finally relaxed and left our inhibitions back at the 45 mph speed limit and went with the flow of our competitive husbands.

The winner, you guessed it - the over 30 (and 40) crowd. Rah! Rah!

The prize - bragging rights.  And boy, did WE brag.  We gave them a hard time.  Not only did we win, we won by 45 whole minutes.  That's alot when you consider our age and speed of mobility.

Here are some of the items we had to find.

Funny Faces.  That one wasn't too hard.

The Winners.

The losers.

Blowing Bubbles.

The Winners. We did both kind because we were not sure which one Czar would count as correct.

Blue Tounges.

The Winners.  Blue M and M's.

The Losers.  Blue airheads. How appropriate.


The Winners.

A Wal-Mart employee.

The Winners. This is the one the other team could not get - no one would pose with them. Cry me another river.

Garage Sale sign. 

The Winners.  This one we lost because we had a Yard sale sign. Go figure, I thought there were no rules.

Licking Ice Cream Cones.

The Losers.

Sunglasses.  The tags make all the difference.

Still the Losers.  But aren't they cute?

Good thing about family.  It's a good thing. 

There's a different kind of list - and a different kind of party.  God's Word tells us in Revelation 20 that we will all one day stand before the throne of God.  A book will be opened, which is the Lamb's Book of Life, and only those whose names are written on this list will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Believe me when I say that we were all desperately seeking the things on Mom's list.  This list had everything to do with her, she created it and she would be the one to judge us. We needed to win - and above all else, we had a party to attend.  A party with good food, excellent company, and love abounding.

We are on Jesus' list.  He created it and us.  From the time we are born we are on a scavenger hunt. We  search for the things on our list that we think will make us happy, the things that will help us win this game of life. We are desperate.  If we are wise enough to accept the true gift of salvation that is Jesus Christ Himself then our search is over.  Call upon Him, admit your sins, accept Him, confess Him, and you have won.  Your name will not be blotted out of this book, you are forever saved from the damnation of Hell.

Remember the yard sale sign? How close it was - close but no cigar. It wasn't good enough. There are no shortcuts, no alternate routes, no back door entries into a life with Christ.  There is but one way.

And the party -WOW!  What a party there will be.  Jesus is there now, preparing our place at the table.  There will be good food, excellent company, and love abounding. 

Are you looking for something fun to do? It only costs a little gas so take your family on a scavenger hunt, there is nothing like it for a little bonding time - and a little fun-loving hassling.  No speeding.

Call Mom, she's got the list.

And the Book of Life - is your name on the list?  If not, you're gonna miss the party.

“The grand question of life is, Is my name written in heaven?” -D.L. Moody

The Lord is ... not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.  2 Peter 3:9


Penny S. said...

Always looking for cheap (or free) activities. Haven't thought of a scavenger hunt, even though I remember the fun I had on our youth one as well as our last night out as staffers at Camp Garaywa. Great job relating it as well, Rie. Hope your birthday was good. I remembered you, but never got you called. I spent the day cleaning house. Didn't finish... Love, Penny

Jennifer said...

Excellent post, Marie. It looks like you had a wonderful birthday!

Drawing of me losing my cool courtesy of budding artist, Izzy.

Have a dressed up day!

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