10 November 2010
Glad to see This
The first was out at a farm with some landowners. I had taken my massive camera with me to capture some specific details to take back to the office. On the 5th picture I peeked at my camera to make sure I caught the exposed tile line well enough in the shadows. It was then that I realized my camera card wasn't in my camera. Once I got past the embarassement of not being prepared, I became a little anxious. Seriously, where did it go? I remembered taking it out of my laptop and knew that I had to put it my camera. I forgot about the pictures I took after that. When I got back from the field, I searched high and low. How could I have lost it? How many pictures were on it that didn't get downloaded? Where did it end up? Back at my office, I sent Ryan and warning email about the lost card. His reply grabbed at my emotions in two ways. I was GLAD that the card wasn't lost. But I was frustrated that I didn't communicate with him that I was taking the camera. He saw the camera and thought it was a perfect opportunity to get pictures off of the card. So, he grabbed the card out and put the camera back on the steps. If I only would have known.
Now sharing one work story made me think of another one. It deals with a slight paranoia that I have. I'm afraid, slightly, that something will happen when I'm in the field by myself. Something like an accident. Well today I pulled into a field where a truck was parked next to the driveway. It's deer hunting season here so its not abnormal to see random vehicles parked on the side of the road. I unlocked the gate and headed in the field. As I was leaving the field, I saw dust but for some reason smelled smoke. Now, I don't think I really smelled smoke but rather I was afraid I did. Two falls ago (I can't link right now) I was in a field with a landowner when a corn stalk got caught up under neath the truck and the heat from the catalytic converter caught the stalk on fire. So two years ago as I left the field, it acted like a drip torch setting the whole field on fire. So, you can imagine my anxiety today when I thought something was burning. I stopped the truck and started to get out to look but then remembered that last time I was encouraged to just get out of the field. So, imagine me driving through a crop field like a mad-man (no need to be politically correct here) not wanting to light the field on fire. I was so THANKFUL when it was indeed just dust.
Makes me think of a specific verse that I've been praying for a friend: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philipians 4:6
I should remember that verse when I'm driving through the field like crazy and when I think I lost my camera card. Oh dear, I have a lot to learn!