Wild Untamed Beauty

My son squealed with delight!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen him laugh so hard and intensely about something before!  haha….it was awesome.  I was rolling his truck across the floor to him, he’d anticipate it coming by putting his arms straight out towards it, squint his eyes, and turn his head just a little (but so he could still see it).  It was an incredible experience for him.  Pure delight.  I was joyful that I could give him this gift of fun.

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Last week a good friend of mine asked if we wanted to go huckleberry picking with her waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy up in the mountains.  (ok, ok…..I sorta kinda invited myself, but not really)  So, we all went and I was pleasantly surprised to find that our son took to the berry picking instantly.  He wanted to do what we were doing, to join in the excitement of finding those little blue berries and popping them in his mouth! He stuck to our sides like glue.  And in his own little chatter (of which we are pretty good at interpreting), he’d find a berry, and eat, and smile. Oh, how I love his smile.  He had a very good advantage at finding those berries.  From his perspective they were easy to find.  Right at eye level, underneath the leaves of the berry bush.  Us adults, being taller, could easily miss the luscious, flavor-packed, sweet/tangy (ok….I really really like them) berries as the green leaves shielded our view from the top.  We needed to crouch down and gain a new perspective to find them.

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We were blessed by the good LORD with rain several days ago!  No wind.  Just a solid rain.  Looking out over our small valley, millions of rain drops shimmered as they streamed steadily to the ground.  Perfect.  And in less then a half hour, our garden was watered….haha.  In the same time it would have taken all day with our tiny sprinkler.  What is it about the rain!?  What is it about a thunderstorm that has ALWAYS excited me?  The smell, the sound, the feel.  I LOVE RAIN.  When the sky grows dark and the rain begins to fall, I get this feeling deep in my soul, like something amazing and new is going to happen. And I don’t want to miss it. What is this about?  (I know others this way, so I don’t think I’m talking too crazy) Maybe it’s because I see God in the rain.  I see God in the thunder and the lightning. I want to see his power and mighty strength in the booming and shaking of the sky!

16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  Colossians 1:16

My hubby finally got himself a game camera.  (birthdays are always fun that way) And we took a little family walk to go hang it up on the perfect tree on the perfect game trail to try and catch the perfect image of what wild creatures roam the forest.  And we were so excited to view the footage the next day.  Like little children, seeing something new for the first time.  And it hit me.  Why were we so excited about this?  And it was because we want so badly to see that bear, or that mountain lion, or that beautiful buck and doe.  We want to see God!  We want to see what he created.  The wild, untamed beauty.  But we have to have the right perspective. The right lens (and tree) to see these things.  But it’s really not that hard.  Because these created things are oh so close.  We just have to look.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  Romans 1:20

Our world is so broken.  But this is not the way God intended.  Since sin was introduced by us humans, things have been broken.  Sin, disease, death….they are ever present.  We suffer and we ask why.  We long for something….for God.  We long to be free and to find rest for our souls.  God has placed this longing for eternity in the heart of all of us!    Please don’t dismiss this next passage from the Bible because of it’s length. 🙂   But read it…..

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
    He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,[e]
16 for through him God created everything
    in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
    and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
    Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
    and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
    which is his body.
He is the beginning,
    supreme over all who rise from the dead.[f]
    So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
    was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
    everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
    by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.  Romans 1:15-20

God longs to be reconciled to us….longs to save us and be united to us.  Why? Because of his great (that is not a powerful enough word) love for us.  Because from the very beginning, this was his desire.

It is so important to think about what God thinks of us, not what we think of God.   With this perspective we are able to see all of the gifts and love that God reveals to us all day long!  All of creation is a gift.  My son’s laughter is a gift.  My clean water to do dishes is a gift.  My husband is a gift.  Everyday life is very full of hardship. I know we can all think of a whole long list of worries, pain, frustrations, guilt.  BUT our everyday life is even more full of God and his gifts!  Perspective. We don’t have to be weighed down by the things of this world. So long as we have Christ and his forgiveness, we can walk in relationship with him and be overcomers!  (yes….I’m a Mandisa fan)

God is more powerful then all other powers.  He is love!  Love drives out all fear.  He is light. He is peace.  He is our healer, our comforter, our teacher.  And he longs to lavish his love on us.

He will take delight in you with gladness.  With his love, he will calm all your fears.  He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17

 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?36 As it is written:“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[jNo, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:35-39

No doubt, many of you are on the Team for Titus and Ely!  These boys are blessings, gifts, wonderful little bundles of joy.  We love them incredibly!  When looking at their situation, it can be easy (and natural) to have the mindset that life is not fair.  That they have been given a death sentence.  But what about perspective!?  It takes courage to trust and it takes all our might.  But he can be trusted and it is worth it!  God’s gifts and love and blessings over their lives is real and present and constant.  He is not standing back and watching the storm as it rains down.  He is WITHIN the storm and bringing strength and comfort.  We cannot see the big picture.  We cannot always see the indescribable way God is comforting Titus in his world.  He loves his children.  And Praise be to God.  Titus and Ely…their souls will never be broken.  Titus’ spirit is still there.  Still whole, untouched by the disease.  Nothing can separate us from God’s love.  Bekah, their mommy, gave me permission to post this on here:

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She had this picture up on Facebook not too long ago with this caption that impacted me beyond words (hence why I will just put up her words, and not write anymore of my own :))  What an incredible AND life-giving perspective God has given to Bekah.  Here are her words:

“This little boy… This week has been tough for me… I’ve missed the Titus before the disease took over. I’ve questioned why many times, I’ve begged for God to bring him back to us, that same crazy, somersaulting, hyper, only-one-volume-and-that’s-loud boy. I’ve grieved over the “full” life I once dreamed I would have as these boys’ mom. And every time, God brings me back to today, to the present moment, and uses this to usher me into his presence in a way I’ve never known until now. It’s amazing how one can feel so much conflicting emotion in one moment, but I do, all the time. And it’s full of a sense that God is here, that he cares, and that he’s holding my baby tight. And when it comes time to give back who HE has given me, I know Titus will be running, eyes awed with wonder, adventure every day next to the One who loves him even more than his daddy and I ever could.”

Eucharisteo (give thanks) with me.

Thanks for reading. -Bek

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