I took this picture from inside the prayer barn at Genesee Home. This place is set aside for ministry peeps to rest and renew and restore. You are looking at some pastureland, some thick forest, and a mountain with snow on it - all in the same snapshot. It is beautiful and diverse and detailed....and I drank it in from somewhere deep inside my heart.
I guess I had some huge expectations about our time at Genesee Home. I REALLY wanted at least one good 'aha' moment.....maybe an audible message that shifted my heart forever....I listened....and waited....and listened....and waited..... ....... .......
At one point I did hear, "turn the music off". Evidently I was filling in the quiet - the waiting - with my playlist - - hmmmm....
What it did was make me notice - things. The variety, the beauty, the weeds that looked like they were growing little cotton balls, the different bird songs - - - things.
I felt at one point that God said, "I knew you'd GET this! How cool my creation is. You'd GET it. I knew you'd be here during this week and I had this all ready for you - I knew you'd get it. It comes from my heart and my hands to your heart and your hands."
Before my wrist was damaged, I really liked making custom cards for people. They'd take forever but I really liked the process. It's the only craft gene I have. I really can't do cooking/sewing/crafting/decorating stuff so very well - but - I could make cards. I knew that most people would just throw my card away after they read it - but once in awhile there would be a person who GOT IT. They would get that it took hours to make. They would look at how it was put together or how I got it to pop up when you opened it. They would GET IT. It was from my heart and my hand to their heart and their hands.
So, maybe I did get a gentle 'aha' moment, after all. His provision, His thoughtfulness, His beauty, His gifts have been prepared for us in advanced for EACH DAY - EACH MOMENT. I want to love and be grateful for each detail that He has prepared for me. I can't afford to rush through my life, on to the next thing, or miss His moments because I'm waiting for the big events.
Lord, please help us to see and hear what You have for us. The times You prepared and provided because you knew we'd get how very cool what you created, what you provided REALLY WAS.
Bless these that I walk the journey with - with YOUR HUGENESS, and Your love.
Thank you, Jesus - Who is my Sabbath Rest...