Camp Rock, 01NOV
I’m at camp, enjoying the rare 70 degrees in late fall, just for an alfresco lunch hour away from work, which is only 25 minutes away from here… my boss said I could take comp time vacation after my giant project wrapped up, and I decided to take it in small increments… this is a mini retreat for prayer and writing… it’s been an interesting year, but truly God has given me strength thru it all…
I love sitting on this rock, hearing this waterfall. The colors have now changed, it took a long time this year, it was worth coming out here today…
When we are trying to stand firmly on the Rock of Ages we can look around and notice how much diversity is growing on and from the rock – the rock is the anchor – the colors are magical eye-fulls… Jesus says it will all disappear at the end of our time – but for now I will appreciate that I can appreciate this… even Solomon in all his splendor does not match the beauty of a lily – or a red orange green yellow leaf changing…
Nearby is the waterfall – the rock is just a rock – and water just water – yet combined the roar is ear-filling. Imagine God and Jesus and the Spirit movement- that’s soul-filling.
It is our awareness of noticing it that is a gift from God too…. I like to appreciate His piece of peace even in tiny increments…. imagine how long His peace will be eternally, wow… that’s the fullness of time.
“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
How precious is this time to think about God and thank God. The book of James comes to mind, to always be humble and praising because we don’t know when Jesus will come again… and to pray, not quarrel, and help others find peace too… not just sitting on the rock, but loving and living our best life…
The gift of eternal future starts now. Just sitting on a rock…
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.