The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. Proverbs 4:18 ESV
Two precious weeks of rest and restoration are drawing to a close. We returned this morning from the Maritimes, after driving 24 hours straight through to get home in time for a beloved little grandson's first birthday. We have had so many experiences and taken in more of the wonder of God's creation than I ever would have thought possible in two short weeks.
We have scrambled across rocks and felt the salt spray on our faces on deserted areas of our eastern coast. We have seen vistas of beauty that at times took our breath away. We have descended to the black depths of a Cape Breton coal mine, and ascended heights of grandeur along the Cabot Trail. We met people who have instantly enriched out lives, some of whom we will never forget. We have tapped our toes to the infectious music of the Maritimes performed live. We saw wildlife, including two moose (one almost too close for comfort!), deer, a nestful of young osprey (close enough to photograph pretty clearly), whales cavorting off Cape Breton, seals poking their heads playfully up amidst the waves, and countless birds and squirrels. What an adventure!
I simply want to thank God for a time away that was as wonderful as one could imagine. Even in the midst of car troubles (we left an alternator behind in New Brunswick, and drove home with a brand new one!) his hand was evident every which way we turned and in the unfolding of this interlude of rest and refreshing.
The best part of this trip, though, was coming back. Back to our network of family and relationships. As much fun as it was to be away, the most exciting moments of the trip where when we were turned toward "home". Those last 24 hours of driving back to where God has placed us to live out our calling in time and space, just flew by. We have so much to be grateful for - our family, our friends, our church family, our jobs.
I've been thinking alot of late about the following verse of scripture:
12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of THAT for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.. Phil. 3:12 ESV (emhasis mine)
I've been wondering what "that" is, in the "that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me" and hoping I'm not somehow missing it in all the scurrying about and living of life that I do. Getting away for two weeks can change your perspective, though and has certainly given me a new outlook. I'm not sure how well I'm doing of taking hold of "that", but I do know that I'm here where I'm supposed to be, and that "THAT" --the extraordinariness of God's calling on my life-- is smack dab in the midst of all these relationships -family, friends, vocation, and in the day-to-day things that he has given me to do.
"That". Could it be it's in the rhythms and flow of ordinary life? Is this where God's glory is revealed in the wonder of where he has placed us and our response to his unfolding plan for our lives?
I think so... I really do.