I would say that much of my life is spent trying to enjoy those peaceful moments that sometimes come where you can take deep breath and enjoy the atmosphere of contentment, peace and love. These are the garden spots of life where we can know that God is very much concerned about us and has given us his rest and peace. The real problem. or so we think it is a problem, is that most of these gardens are only able to be reached by stairs – upward. Life is a series of stairs to climb to get to gardens. There is no shortcut to this and many of the stairs we must climb are steep and some are even treacherous. But to get to the next garden which is different from the one before and often better, we must climb.
My life feels very much like this right now. There are moments of climbing and struggle. These moments are often filled with rain and obstacles but it always eventually levels out and I find myself in a garden of God’s rest. One of my favorite songs is “In the Garden” by Brad Paisley. There is however the last line of the last verse “But he bids me go through the voice of woe, his voice to me is calling.” The image is one of Christ moving on the steps upward ahead of me and if I want to know the joy of being in the garden with him again I must follow and climb as well. The comfort is that he is going on ahead and will be with me.
Leadership – Got my official card marking me as a member of the Libertarian Party. The question now for me is: “now what?” The closest regular meeting is in Grand Rapids, but once a month does not sound bad so perhaps the sacrifice of time and money will be worth it. The other opportunity is still alive but the timing is at least a month in the future.
Ministry – Church is starting to feel better. I predict growth as the snow birds come back but my real concern is making sure the church goes forward, without me coming up with a single idea. So far there have been a lot of good ones but we will see what is implemented. That is the real rubber meets the road issue but as I promised to myself – support but don’t push.
Spiritual Disciplines – Weightlifting has been as much a spiritual time as a physical one. I wish I could explain what my time of mediation is like in that moment but perhaps the stairs to gardens analogy applies here most of all.
Celebration – Wednesday will be my 46th Birthday. I never used to talk about my birthday in advance that much but I now look at it as: Thank you God for one more year. I have watched so much death this past year and near death that the fragility of life is very much on my heart. Each year is now much more to be celebrated and enjoyed.
Blessings and Cheers!!!