I have mentioned several times before how homesickness plagued me as a young camper each summer. But in spite of this I was rather “adventuresome.” I got excited when my camp counselor would call our cabin “crew” together and explain about a big “adventure” we were participating in.
Most of the time the word “big” had been slightly over-exaggerated. The “big” adventure was usually a scavenger hunt, competing against another cabin and the items to be collected were all sorts of trash. (kind of sneaky way to pick up and clean up the camp each day)
Or sometimes it was a hike to the lake and back…we were told to look for any camper we saw who we didn’t recognize. Ulterior motive…count heads and make sure all previous swimmers were accounted for before we returned to the cabin for supper.
So even though my camp experiences never quite lived up to the “hype” this is not true of following God in His adventures for us.
Most of us talk openly in our acceptance of the belief that God lives within us…but we do so almost too casually. There is nothing “casual” about God residing within our ‘vessel’ and steering us through life’s adventures.
I loved this excerpt from a blog written several years (2008) ago on this very subject…it made me stop and realize again how miraculous it is to be one with God.
The mystery is that God lives in you! In order for that to really move us, we must get a true concept of who God is. We need revelation of how BIG God is, and we need revelation of what His heart is like.
He is the Uncreated, Self existent, Eternal God- He has always been, and always will be. He had no beginning, and has no end. He sees the beginning and the end simultaneously. He is the everlasting now. He lives in you.
He is Infinite, Limitless, and Unfathomable- The depths of who He is-is Inexhaustible. He goes on and on and on and on-forever! He is the God of more, and He lives in you.
He is Omnipresent- He is everywhere at all times-nothing can be hidden from him. If I go up to the heavens, He is there; if I make my bed in the depths, He is there.
God is Omniscient- He knows ALL things. He is the genius of all geniuses. He is the most brilliant. He is the most intelligent being ever.
God is Omnipotent- He is the source of all strength and power. He is the strongest and the most powerful. He accomplishes all His works without effort. He is perfect in power, and perfect in rest. And He lives in you.
God is Sovereign- He alone has all authority. He has all dominion. He is the ruler of all things. He is in complete control of everything. He sits on the throne as the King of kings and Lord of lords. He reigns over all creation. And He lives in you.
God is Wise- All His acts are done in perfect wisdom. His plans are perfect, and cannot be improved upon.
God is Unchanging- He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is steady. He is constant. He is consistent. He is unwavering. He stays the same at all times. And He lives in you.
God is Holy, Holy, Holy- He is totally other than, transcendent, boundless, matchless, incomparable, unequaled, unrivaled, He is exalted above ALL. This is who God is.
The pinnacle of a study of God is the study of His Heart, emotions, nature, His affections.
His heart is-love, passion, mercy, compassion, grace, desire, good, faithful, kind, patient, joy, and on and on. God desires you. He wants you! Did you know that this Great God is ravished for you?
“Know that you are loved.” How can we possibly not feel love if we just have a nugget of the breadth of God’s love living within us? How can any day not be the greatest adventure of our life with God residing within us?
Yesterday Anne and I had a “supposedly” normal day which turned into one of awe, autumn beauty, and friendship. A most “favorite” day in our greatest adventure…life.
Our initial goal was to return to the Tractor and Supply store, the Flowertown Nursery, Lowe’s, and try out a new eating place (for us) … Palmetto Flats Restaurant and Tavern. Upon leaving to head towards the first stop Anne said she had a tree she wanted me to see. I stared at her and said I had a tree I wanted her to see….(they were not the same tree)…but equal in breath-taking beauty.
I had my camera ready to capture all the beauty from our adventure and I was not disappointed….we ended up stopping, pulling over, turning around, getting out…but we got the “shots.”
First stop….Marion Avenue “cut-through”…by Fran Townsend and her daughter, Alicia’s homes. A quick”click” as we slowed down….
Then we turned on to West Carolina heading towards the First Baptist church….we turned off near the Musselman home (in the circle) to park and started shooting Anne’s favorite “Autumn in Summerville” tree (red)… and that whole area surrounding it….one of the most beautiful spots in the fall….but you have to slow down to “ingest” it.
I have to admit it was a winner, a Japanese red maple… and the periwinkle blue skies and sun filtering down really made you gasp with delight.
But now it was my turn. I directed Anne to E. Doty street (by the railroad) to a yellow ginkgo tree ….yellow against blue.
Light and shadows drew me again and again to different spots of beauty….
When we got to the Flowertown Garden Center on Highway 78 I felt like I was in a fairyland again and snapped the colors surrounding me….P.S. I think I also found my fountain for the garden. Now to start putting “pennies in my piggy bank”… (it’s a secret until the “unveiling”)
This most delicious dish came from the Palmetto Flats Restaurant and Tavern…the owner explained how it got its name…they use “flat” bread (really more like a thin pizza crust) in most of their entrees.
It was really one of the most delicious meals I have eaten…this same selection is pictured in Azalea Magazine‘s current edition. This restaurant is located in the Galleria and it is a winner!
Anne got fish and chips and really liked her selection too….she said she thought she had better fix a healthy salad for supper to offset lunch and asked me to join her for the last red pepper and tomato of the season.
I wish I had thought to take a picture of this salad (but was too hungry to think about it at the time) because it was also a winner.
But I did take pictures of lights….got to Anne’s around dusk and once again (like a moth) was drawn to the light…
Just before the rain came (Hallelujah!) Jason had arrived to plant the bushes John and Mary Lee sent. Perfect timing. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture with the rain but will do so tomorrow and show you the latest addition to the “Secret Shared Sanctuary” Garden.
So until tomorrow…isn’t it wonderful to have a built in tour guide Who helps steer us to the sights and wonders of His Beautiful Creation? Listen and follow.
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
* Tommy sent me this moving story/video about the day Kennedy was killed. I had never heard this story….The Boston Symphony was playing that day to a packed house when the news arrived. Kennedy had grown up not far from the building…he was Boston’s “favorite son.”
When the conductor announced his death…an audible gasp went through the crowd followed by sobbing. The orchestra took a break and discussed whether they should stop the performance….one in the group said that when his own father died…he sought out the orchestra for consolation and felt like they should proceed…but they changed the selections and played a funeral march from Beethoven out of respect for the fallen leader.
No one in the audience that day has ever forgotten…that day…as “the band played on.”