We went away for the weekend. A little getaway to a cabin in the mountains. Months ago, when we were looking ahead for an opportunity to make the trip, it seemed the timing would be good. And as the hour approached for departure, we were more and more aware that God had ordained it. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 ESV) We had planned, but God most assuredly ordered the time.
There is something about a change of scenery that helps put things in perspective. There is something about the respite of regular duties that makes room for meditation. We had long conversations and longer silences, and we listened for the voice of God. In the cold, crisp morning air, before the rising of the sun, when the night sky sparkles with starlight, it is easy to worship. To gaze into the heavens and know the value of being small. Glory to God in the highest.
I found myself remembering the people God has used in my life and thanking Him for the wisdom of community. Living life together with people who know Him and who know me. People who are willing to encourage and to care and to challenge — with faith and in love. Truly, we can only know the vast measure of the love of God “together with all the saints.” (Ephesians 3:14-19)
Seeing the love of God worked out in a community of people who do not appear on the surface to have a great deal in common never ceases to amaze and charm. What greater evidence of His nature and Fatherhood can there be? He has adopted us into His family and sent His Holy Spirit to unify us in love. Together we are more than the sum of our parts because He has shed abroad in our hearts the love of God. (Romans 5:5)
We were created for “together living.” Thanks be to God we have been given the opportunity to learn how to love well. Christ being the center of all things, we live in Him, unto Him, and through Him with each other. Bearing witness of His glorious works and His saving grace and His powerful love, always willing to tell the truth of what we’ve seen and what we’ve heard. (1 John 1:1-4)
Dear One, when was the last time you gave thanks for the people God has put in your path? Are you willing to hear the truth of what they’ve witnessed? Are you willing to speak the truth of what you’ve witnessed? Ponder anew what the Almighty has done. In His infinite wisdom, He has placed you strategically and on purpose with the ones you were meant to love.
Until next week, beloved, rejoice in the love of God that fills your heart and overflows to those around you.