Psalm 27:4-6 (NIV) – One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.  For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

In getting ready for a morning run, we were not looking forward to it.  In the Carolinas we have entered into the season of summer, which means high humidity and blazing heat!  There was a little grumbling going on but as we got started the beauty of the lush greenery all around us – drawing us in, the negativity melting away.  Then what caught our eye in the midst of the run, off to the left of us, was a bunch of busy dragonflies, gliding through the air, making a beautiful dance.  Just as our eyes were met by the busyness of the dragonflies, two beautiful butterflies scurried along past us.  Pondering God’s fingerprints, we hear the sound of an owl, making its presence known.  In these simple things that we may overlook in our daily lives, we saw God in creation.  In just a small activity that seems insignificant and the choice to press on despite how we felt, God met us.

In contrast, SRA is ugly!  We minister to people who have gone through and have seen some of the most indescribable horror the world could ever know, the pain and the brokenness of shattered lives left behind.  But our God is a God of beauty and restoration.  Even in the tiny and what may seem insignificant details of our day, He meets us.  He speaks.  He is there.  Even in the ugly, though not His doing, He chases you.  He pursues you.  He shouts from the mountaintops “come away with me my love to the secret place” where we can find rest in Him.

No matter what we go through in life’s journey, big or small, whether severe trauma and pain or the little stresses of life.  Our God is there calling out to us to pay attention, drawing us in to His forever love and beauty.

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