My family will take a trip this summer out west for two weeks of camping and exploring some of the nation’s national parks. This trip is to celebrate Ben’s graduation and to have one last family vacation before he leaves for Borger, Texas and his first post graduate job with Chevron Phillips. Years ago we had a chance to drive to the east coast of the United States to visit family. On the car drive out we made plans to stop and see Niagara Falls. In preparing for the east coast trip years ago, both Ben and Seth continually asked questions about what to expect. As good parents we suggested that they research the locations we planned to visit, gather some statistics and possibly find a picture or two. That way they would have some background and we could also be educated before arriving. A good exercise but . . . there was a common statement spoken by one of the family members who had never seen Niagara Falls. That statement was in the line of: “I never thought it would be this deep; I didn’t expect them to be this tall, or there is so much water going over the falls.” These things are so beyond what a book or picture can portray, they are the types of things that can only be seen in order to understand. We hope that the same sense of awe will be felt again for this trip. Over the winter break I came home to Ben, Seth, and Seth’s girl friend Brooke who had spent one entire afternoon planning the route, points of interest, days hiking and locations to fly fish.
It has been months since we have had access to the new church plant, a vision that many had difficulty picturing in our heads. No drawing or color board could provide anything that was close to the finished structure. Yet, a building and a plan or all the data contained in a church website will not fully describe who we are as a church and what God is calling us to become.
John 20:29 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
We, as members of St. Luke Union Church, are fortunate to stand at the rim of the canyon, look up from the base of the mountain, and see the force of the falls. How then can we describe the wonders of the love of God? How can we excite others toward the saving grace of Jesus, and bring people to a place where the Holy Spirit can embrace them? We do this by being an example of God’s love, witnessing to the people we work with and living by and teaching others about the things we have been blessed to see. Let us continue to pray for the ability to believe what we are yet to see. Let us continue to stand in awe when God presents God’s wonders and mysteries.