Pockets of PEOPLE, 11Aug – #577

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Late night ramblings at camp, re-edited this morning… ramblings but it’s good (post-vbs) to unclog the writing spigots. I enjoyed the people I was with last night,  but when writing pulls me away, I have to listen – must be a spirit pull people like me need to connect with… God only knows… I feel so blessed to see Him at work… I had another writing spin out of this, it was worth spinning for a while… while camping I climb into a pocket and zipper it up for warmth… but soon I’m going to get out of my comfort zone and return to the Christmas tree farm next door to see the sunrise… (and a hot shower)

Pockets of PEOPLE, 11Aug

A new friend joked at the levels of multiple families I have… I am very very BLESSED to have found welcoming family within so many pockets of people … I just like PEOPLE… I love being placed into pockets of people like me, friendly and grateful…

Of course, I’m always still looking FORWARD – towards new people to connect with – NOT because I don’t appreciate the people I already know – it’s just that there are SO many interesting people with interesting stories – that’s my normal…. My family always chats with whomever is around – the grocery store, the airport line, anytime anyone, that’s just the way I was raised…

Not all people like to chat back, not all are ready to chat when I am – (and I retreat too, and I’m not always in a chatting mood)… I also notice a geographical difference, back home, people look for people, simply saying hi to everyone – I’m not weird, I’m just one of those people…

Here at tonight’s precious campground time there are SO MANY people – all different nationalities – all noisy hustling bustling – thousands it seems… PEOPLE

I have been pensive thinking about the PEOPLE – I pause here – worrying wondering and look across the multitudes – if anything I notice great levels of LOVE exuding from them towards their families – that’s when I hear God’s love… pockets of people…

Families are formed by God for LOVE… God has one big family, we should too…

How many people know that ALL love comes from the Lord? Some pockets of people do! How many know the Lord? Many don’t hop into those deep pockets of peace – I wish they did… That bugs me, it’s impossible to tell where people are… I think about that now and then, I worry about these people, I know many children of God who don’t know Him.  Actually, maybe they know Him, but some don’t know that He’s as active as He is… and do they know Jesus?

Do they connect “the Word” (thru bible knowledge) with the “Word made flesh” Jesus Himself – it’s so individual a transition, one wouldn’t know what they know… (and we are to teach wherever and however we can teach – teach and even when we can’t reach, Jesus says keep moving “shake the sand off your sandals”, and keep moving to welcoming pockets)…

I can witness love but for sure I cannot always see everything that’s going on in God’s plan at the same time, even so I am blessed I get to see pockets.  One by one…

I took a walk to retreat not away from the people but towards a moment of God focus – I crossed into the Christmas tree farm next door – it was blissful and reminded me of my summers on the family farm as a kid… one sweet buttercup showed up into my view – nice reminder of home – one…

The milkweed are like those at home but there are now very few butterflies in nature compared to 30 years ago, I looked anyway for caterpillars, none – but then – one butterfly flew by… one…

I sat quiet back up at camp, loud neighbors playing soccer, then all of a sudden they gathered for dinner, and were drawn quiet – the Dad started saying Grace – not in my native language but in my ear shot, in my eyesight – in my appreciation of being in one pocket of prayer people… one…

A few minutes later a prayer request from a friend – “if you could ask your prayer people for…” – yes, one BIG pocket of prayer people I can call on… one…

See, I may look for more pockets of people – look and look for my people – like the buttercup, like the monarch, like the grace moment, like the prayer moment… one by one God shows us pockets…

One by one God will turn hearts towards Him, God keeps His hands warm, He keeps extra pockets for all…

There are pockets of people, my people, God’s people – even though much in this world fades away, it’s because God wants our ultimate focus…

So –

I’ll keep looking –

I’ll keep loving –

I’ll keep praising…

Thank You Lord, for taking the time to show me – one warm pocket at a time…

Amen

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