|The Tacoma with its new Lear 100R shell, including head liner, drop out cab-side window, and a three outlet,|
12V power block near the rear lift window.
Okay, I admit that I'm having a man-crush on my Tacoma. I feel like a little boy who got the Christmas present he had been harassing his parents for since Halloween. I could easily succumb to the temptation to run away to distant places every weekend. Maybe that's what happens to a truck owner after driving Dodge Dakotas for 18 years.
|I find the shell very convenient, and not only when transporting gear to my destinations, but also using|
it with a lowered tailgate really facilitates staging equipment as well as post-angling tear down.
Of course it's more complicated than that. I love my wife deeply, but I've learned over these past 38 years it takes a consistent effort to stay actively present in her life and my children's lives. If you don't pay attention, you can easily take your spouse for granted. That can lead to miscommunication, or no communication, which results in drifting apart. It can be a marriage death march.
Being a Christian, I am so thankful for the Word, the Scriptures. Those who are unfamiliar with the Bible may not realize the depth of wisdom it contains regarding relationships, especially the marriage commitment. It teaches that in marriage, "two become one" (Mark 10:5-9). The Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus on the issue of divorce. While He explained to them that divorce decrees were allowed under Moses’ leadership as a concession for “hardened hearts,” the truth is that marriage creates a new unity, a "we" if you will. This is not to mean that the two parties cease to remain individuals, but that they are to become a sacred unit.
|Note the brown nymph located in the corner of this rainbow's mouth. He was in reasonable shape compared|
to the other two I landed, but his pale coloring denotes to me insufficient aquatic insects in the pond.
So how is it possible to remain "we" for half a century or longer? Isn't it a reasonable expectation that couples drift apart over time? Isn’t divorce a reasonable option for couples with irreconcilable differences? For a Christian based perspective on this worldly viewpoint, read this article by Steven Kalas, a locally noted Nevada author, therapist and Episcopal priest, “Don’t kid yourself: divorce is forever.”
|Waterfowl are common around the pond, especially during seasonal migrations. This pair of male mallard|
ducks was odd; a couple of bachelors, or...
When we allow ourselves to be in the presence of the Holt Spirit, scripture takes on new relevance and truth in our lives. When I am centered on my relationship with Jesus. I am able to re-align with my family relationships, especially with my wife. For example, Ephesians 5:21-33 describes how I am to love my wife. When I find myself straying from my commitment to be “radically present” in my marital and familial relationships I remind myself what the Lord’s, not the world’s, version of love is supposed to look like by reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-13, likely the most often read verses at weddings of all sorts.
For an expanded version of marriage fidelity and its various infidelity entrapments, read this short article also by Steven Kalas, “True fidelity isn’t only about sex.”
|It is a handsome truck... but I'm prejudiced.|
|Added my fishing stickers, the Canyon Ridge "God First" sticker, and my|
American flag magnet. I believe I'm good to go now.
All that said, I admit that my three-hour trip to Cold Creek as the sun peeked over Frenchman Mountain was very satisfying, but certainly can never replace the importance and satisfaction of my marriage fidelity and all that relates to it.