Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Micky Wolf
This has been a difficult winter season for many folks. Bitter cold. Feet of snow rather a few inches. Blustery winds. City streets, sidewalks, and country lanes buried beneath layers of ice, strewn with assorted salt-laden crunchy obstacles.
Yet the beauty is there, if we pause for a moment and take in the extraordinary creations our Creator God offers.
I had finished writing one recent afternoon, and as I often do, glanced out the window next to my desk. I gasped out loud—the roof in front of me was nothing less than a field of diamonds. Reds, golds, blues, greens; the entire surface twinkled and sparkled.
“Bring your camera! There isn’t much time!” When my beloved hears those words, he is quick to respond. What one-of-a-kind moment might he capture?
I opened the window and pushed the screen up so he could have a clear shot. The angle of the sun was perfect, the stillness magnificent. It was as if God had chosen to open His arms and cast before us a masterpiece of breath-taking beauty.
Snap, snap, snap. With each photograph the scene was changing. The sparkles were disappearing. From thousands to hundreds to a few dozen?
And then, they were gone. In a matter of a few moments.
I didn’t want them to fade into nothingness.
It was as if the Divine knew my every thought and feeling.
“The darkness may come but I see the sparkles, even when you can’t. Remember that.”
I stared at the snow for a few more moments, as if doing so would imprint the scene into my mind’s eye forever.
The photographs will never do justice to what we experienced. It seems to me that’s the way it is meant to be.
God is in the business of creating and recreating, day in, day out. You. Me. The world around us. The places within us, especially those shrouded in darkness.
Savor the moment. It is gift without equal.
How do I feel when I take time to notice God in all things?
Do I allow God to interrupt my schedule with His presence?
Do I see the present moment as gift?
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Micky Wolf
The desert is uninviting, challenging. Why bother?
Why suffer through forty days of wandering?
To offer our brokenness and woundedness to the One who longs to heal and restore our hearts; to companion us in being and becoming more Christ-like, to teach us how to:
L – Love more, lust less…
E – Encourage more, envy less…
N – Nurture more, niggle less…
T – Trust more, tattle less…
To be found. By God.
To be loved. By God.
To be encouraged. By God.
To be nurtured. By God.
To surrender more fully to the mercy and grace that awaits.
To be resurrected into new life.
Finding God in ALL things.
As you ponder this, how do you feel? What are you thinking?