I can sense the end of a chapter coming. The routines established are running their course and the end is in sight. The Redwood Forest is even more majestic, if that is possible. The Eel River has established a fresh course within the boundary of its banks. Deer have found an increasing sense of confidence and boldness – playfully eating and wondering just a few yards from campers. The Mexican restaurant in the Victorian Village a half hour away is even more fantastic than last year. When someone finds it a joy to serve, eating the fruits of the family’s effort seems like a great way of participating in the process! Even the time alone has taken on a reflective tone. It is as if my soul knows more than I do.
In this context, what’s next? At the end of a race what does the runner do? Take another step is the only answer that comes. Somehow I find this answer inadequate for where I find myself. I want there to be more than just taking another step! I believe we can metaphorically step up, not just laterally. God prepared us for so much more than just another few feet. You and I are members of a special family! We are accepted just as we are! We are totally and unconditionally on the winning side. We have a bucket full of everything that people strive for – peace, purpose, and promise.
Even as I write these words I know what I need to do in taking the next step. I need to take everything that is here in – the scent of the Redwoods, the intensity of the fog, and quietness of the meadow with a deer blissfully eating. Then, metaphorically, “more singing: “Hallelujah!” (Revelation 19.3)
Any city may seem a strange place to find this same sense of purpose and Presence. I gently suggest that closing one’s mind and eyes to God sightings doesn’t change the fact that God is working everywhere.
What next? Look for God working, everywhere. Revel in God’s work, everywhere. Live, respond!