I am being swept away by a Beautiful God in Seattle. Something about Him carries us away. It's Him Here! Just ate dinner at a quaint milltown restaurant in this spectacularness no words can describe. Would have to make them up. Mount Rainier sits outside my window.
Back at the restaurant, the waitress lights up: "Did you see Mount Rainier?" You know, when the locals never tire of the majestic mount, that's something! You see, they don't see it very often. It's there but not visible to them day after monotonous day. No, they rarely see it in this village. So when she peaks through the clouds, the community awakes from their slumbering daily race and cheers.
Brings to mind a story that George MacDonald told about Jesus' death. "After He had gone out of their sight, and they looked all around and down in the grave and up in the air, and did not see him anywhere---they thought they had lost Him. But, He began to come to them again from The Other Side---from The Inside! The meaning of anything is more than its visible presence." The disciples began to see things that they had never seen before when Jesus was with them. They loved Him so but forgot His Words and cowered when asked if He was their friend. But not in Acts! Just like that missing mountain, they appreciated and abided in Him so much more after His Death. Nothing physical anymore.
His Spirit is more than a bodily presence. He has given each of us a Gift of the Spirit of God in our inmost being. He gives us This Gift and gives us the ability to enjoy it through His Power. Unbelievable! So, when rest evades me, when hospital visits wear us thin, when peace about our dire circumstances doesn't pass understanding, and if there are no joy bells ringing in my heart, then what has gone amiss??? We have The Gift! He's here but maybe I'm not all there. And those are simply signposts that cause us to take a deep look inside our empty hearts. The Spirit of God is waiting to fill that empty space with Himself, The Gift! He's here in Seattle. He'll be back home with me tomorrow as we wave goodbye to Brooke sending her to Thailand for a bit. Then, welcome Britt home from counseling kids at Pine Cove this summer. Then, pray for Blair who is moving once again due to flooding. There's the update on the Brandon front.
So grateful to a Good God awakening my own heart in the midst of some suffering! When do you find yourself most awake with Him?