JIM’S PLACE: AUGUST 29, 2016

    Tari and I spent last week with her family at Lake Tahoe.  It was my first time there and it was spectacular.  The lake is quite large and very deep—1600 feet at some points.  And the water is runoff from the glacier and so it is always chilly—even in 90 degree heat.  That didn’t stop us from getting in and playing, mind you.

    I suppose different people find different ways of connecting with God.  Awesome nature always does it for me.  The soaring mountains surrounding the lake are breathtaking

    I clearly remember the first time I saw the ocean.  I was 19 years old, which is much too late to see the ocean for the first time, but that’s how it goes.  I was with my college tennis team playing a tournament in Ocala, FL.  After the tournament, we headed over to Daytona.  I can only use the word “dumbstruck” to describe how I felt.  The coach had to drag me away from the beach at night—I just couldn’t get enough of it.  It’s still that way for me and the ocean.

    I think it must be the sheer enormity of some of these natural wonders that does it for me.  I am reminded of the poet who wrote, “Lord, your ocean is so big and my boat is so small.”  I am reminded at such moments of how awesome our God is and the wondrous beauty of God’s creation.  Those are sacred moments and ought to be recognized as such.

    I consider myself lucky to have been able to spend time at Lake Tahoe.  But you don’t have to go away to connect with God.  There are wonders everywhere—if we will only stop to see.  

    Just a couple of weeks ago, I was driving in Williamson County and saw a woman who had stopped her car in the middle of the street in order to get out and go pick up a box turtle that was in the road and take it to safety.  Some motorists were aggravated at her for holding up traffic.  I thought it was a genuine act of devotion to God and God’s creation to care for a lowly box turtle that way.

    Wonder what else we might see this week if we just look.

 

PEACE


JIM