The past few weeks have been really, really good, filled with GC parties and celebrations, working a lot, starting Surge - a year long discipleship program with a lot of reading each week and regular table discussions, and just regular every day life! We are so excited about this season of life and all that is going on but it can also deplete our spiritual, emotional, & physical bank account leaving us grumpy, impatient, & overwhelmed. That is why I could not be more grateful for a long weekend away at our family's cabin in the mountains where we can breathe some fresh mountain air, ride the new ATVs, hike with our puppy, spend some quality time together, and read! All things I love.
I am always on the go. Going about 90 miles an hour. Doing 37 things at once. I thrive in this environment but even I need to recharge. I will admit that it is difficult for me to slow down and I resist it as much as possible, for reasons only the Lord knows. But in the midst of going and going and going, I forget to just enjoy each moment and the journey of getting to where I am going. I tend to rush on by with little thought as to where God might be in the midst of the mundane and what He wants to teach me. With all that being said - I tried to put aside my agenda for the weekend and just be recharged, refreshed, and revitalized through conversations, reading, exploring the trails on the ATVs, hiking, and looking out on God's immense, vast, and gorgeous creation.
God is everywhere, in the clouds, in the Mountainous horizon, in laughter, in cooking breakfast, in basking in the sunshine. He is everywhere. Through Surge the last two weeks, we have really focused on God's creation by reading the entire book of Genesis in two weeks and reading the "The Drama of Scripture". Creation is a concept that many of us Christians tend to glaze on through just accepting and knowing that God spoke our universe, world, and people into existence. Yes he SPOKE us into existence. I mean have you ever pondered that? God spoke and it was. How amazing is that? Also, what God teaches us about his creation is that it was designed and put into perfect shalom in the Garden of Eden, and it was all GOOD. Shalom is my new favorite word and concept right now.
Shalom is "the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight" - Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. in his article titled "Sin: Not the Way It's Supposed to Be". Cornelius also goes on to say that, "In the Bible shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight - a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as the creator and savior opens doors and speaks welcome to the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things are supposed to be." (To read the full article, click here.) How dreamy is that? How amazing is that? I want to be in a state of natural flourishing and fulfillment where everyone's gifts are fruitful and there is joyful wonder. I want that! I mean who doesn't? Although we live in a fallen and broken world, we still have hope and delight in knowing what God has created with us in mind, what he has created that is good and nourishing. We may not see the fruition of revelation on this side of heaven but we can rest assured that we will experience this with Him in his holy kingdom.