By PATRICIA BROXHAM | Ontario
Have you ever paused … perhaps I use a more emphatic word … STOPPED to believe something? Not just contemplate or wonder, consider or observe and get on to whatever else you were doing. The Fifth of July, I did just that … I took the time to believe what I had observed. It captivated me, and, oh, how it delighted me.
The forecast the weekend before the 4th spelled out rain from Thursday through Sunday. This particular week was going to be the community-driven, heartfelt, short-term plan to transition us into the long-term future of Ontario. This Fourth of July was going to, indeed, look different … feel different … let’s face it … be different. In the winter and spring meetings to plan what has always been the place to be on the 4th, the one thing my husband Doug and I noticed that hadnot changed was heart. As the dots got connected, the enthusiasm flowed like the Kickapoo River; it was beginning to feel the same as it unfolded the resolve. The tent … the concession stand … the Legion … Wildcat Bar and Grill … RiversEnd … the ice cream truck … the hot dog stand … the sound system … the inflatables … the vendors … the colorful painted faces … the children’s games … Palin Park … the Fastrip … the parade … Sarah with her camera … WOW … it’s happening. Very soon we will see colors in the sky … except, wait … are those dark clouds? I mean really dark clouds?
This is what I took time to believe. Rain in Cashton … rain in La Farge … rain in Hillsboro … rain at Wildcat … rain in Sparta … rain in Tomah … some people had to pull off the road because they could not see in one foot in front of them. Some people described the raindrops as buckets. Ontario wasencircled by rain. There was gentle lightning … perhaps God’s fireworks. Our fireworks were stunning. I know much prayer was given for this special day … I know the heart is most important to our God … I know Ontario gave its full Heart and Spirit … the five itsy bitsy drops I felt on my face I now believe was His precious baptism for this precious village. I am so proud of all of you … you gave in joy and love. Thank you, Lord, for showing Your Love … your Heart for Ontario. You are the awe BELIEVING!