What a promise we have in the Old and the New Testaments: if we choose the love of God through Jesus, we will never be thirsty again. I love all the blessings I have been given on this earth, but it is so much better to know that He will let us drink eternally from “the springs of life” when our earthly time is finished!
“The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way.” This wise statement from Proverbs might seem offensive on its face. Yet it does not mean we stop using the mind our Father has blessed each of us with. Rather, it means simply not to over think; not to overindulge in our own egos. God’s mighty power is what surrounds us, saves us and blesses us. “Speechless silence in is awesome Presence” (Tozer) establishes and restores us to that power.
Meg and I spent a delightful two days/nights with younger son Michael and his wife, Sara in the Glacier Peak Wilderness north of Leavenworth WA. We backpacked in five and half miles to this gorgeous meadow with fifteen!! waterfalls flowing down the steep glacial walls. Michael and Sara had flown in from New Hampshire for his twentieth high school reunion here in La Grande. We then took the ferry into Stehekin on Lake Chelan for additional quality outdoor and family time.
“There is a profound difference between celebrities and saints. In a narcissistic, self pleasing culture, we welcome celebrities because we lack courage and imagination. Traditional heroes make demands on us, but celebrities make no moral claim on us….No one ever asks how our constant exposure to the rich and famous is supposed to make us good, or wise, or faithful…But heroes–saints–stretch our imagination and stand as imperatives, calling, wooing us to a higher, holier life.” James C. Howell
“Jesus reveals God’s love to us, so that His joy may become ours, and that our joy may become complete. Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing–sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, natural disaster, or even death–can take that love away.” Henri Nouwen