Monday, November 30, 2009
This weekend, we set out to find an old abandoned church we had read about in the mountains near where we live. From what we understand, at one point iron ore was mined in the area. After the industry moved on from the area, local squatters made their homes there. We visited during the middle of the day, but clearly not much was going there. The only noise we heard was from one small radio --- at maximum volume, where a lone elderly woman sat contently listening to what seemed to be a chinese orchestra. We found the church. Gates closed. Locked up. I wonder what that place was like in its day? What happened?
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
It's hard to believe I was flying back from Atlanta a week ago. 4 days in the U.S. and 3 days at 30,000 ft.
30,000 ft always gives me a better perspective on life here at sea level.
Somewhere above planet earth, where the outside air temperature was -76F and I was neither in Hong Kong or America, this verse landed in my heart:
And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
There is a massive difference between belief in God and earnestly seeking God. Living in the tension of belief and earnest pursuit means that we will know Him to be the ultimate reason and the ultimate reward.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
I love this picture. I could not love this child more than I already do. There are no words.
This image applies directly to our situation. He has asked us to trust Him in all things, with all things, for all things.
Sometimes the journey is exhausting. Sometimes the journey is amazing. Sometimes the journey is enjoyable. Sometimes... not so much. All the time however, it is worth it.
I have the deepest respect for all the saints who have gone before us, leaving borderland, in much harder times, to much more difficult places, that many would know the life-changing love of Jesus.
Even in our rest, we are still going where He is going. God's will for our lives cannot be thwarted. We can resist. Try to get out. Cry. Insist on our own way. Rely on our own abilities. Only to be reminded we are securely fastened to Him. Given His life. Empowered through His Spirit. Living for His glory. On display.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Romans 8:38-39]