I’m not the most “outdoorsy” guy. I like being outside, but I’ve never been one to spend a great deal of time beyond the paved road. But I learned something important. There are just some incredible sights you cannot see from the paved road.
Here’s an example. The picture here was taken from the gravel parking area where the hiking trail began.
It’s pretty and green, but there’s nothing spectacular… just the promise of finding something amazing along the trail.
We chose to follow the trail. It led to a long, vigorous climb full of mud-holes, slippery rocks, narrow paths, steep stretches, many switchbacks, a few tricky crawls… and so much wonder.
We’re walking through the book of John and the theme, in my understanding, is that God came here into our mess in the person of Jesus, the Son of God. But you have to bear in mind that he stepped into the world in what may have been the most religious place on the planet.
So… if there was so much religion already, why would God come here?
I submit to you this thought: His objective was not to bring religion, but relationship.
I addressed this in Sunday’s message.
Do you see Him? Between the tangled threads of religion, do you see that He came to make it possible for you and I to have a personal connection with God?
Do you believe Him? Do you really trust that He did this for you?
Do you know Him? Today, will you take Him up on His invitation to walk through this life and beyond with Him?
I had to throw on a hoodie to sit on the porch this morning.
The air is cool and breezy, cool enough that I had to have a soft, warm wrapper.
It’s just a little too cool to sit here without it. It’s a delightful thing, isn’t it? I’ve noticed many folks on social media decrying the temperatures hanging in the nineties even though the calendar tells us it is fall. Many have been longing for that first real break in the heat that tells us fall is really here. And now we have it. Continue reading Cherished Discomfort