Our "folk wisdom" states that sometimes we need to "stop and smell the roses". We need to take a breather and notice the beauty in life as a way to be "recreated". In our family's case we need to stop and "tip toe through the tulips". Each year we try to retreat for a weekend during Tulip Time in Becky's hometown of Holland, Michigan. This weekend we will be with her family and spending time watching "Dutch Dancers", eating "elephant ears", "winning" plastic swords and other fair fare. But probably the best part will be simply enjoying the beauty of thousands of tulips in bloom. The colors and variety are stunning.
So what's the point? Nothing really. But I guess that is the point. Many times, we are told, that God Incarnate, Jesus, stopped what he was doing and went into the wilderness to escape the crush of his responsibilities to pray and in so doing be "recreated". So in the middle of all the dancing, greasy foods, and cheesy carnival prizes, I hope to "come to the garden alone"...and be renewed. How about you? Do you create space to be recreated?
Pastor Gail will be leading the discussion Saturday night at the Big White House and teaching Sunday morning at The River and Genesis. He will be taking us back to the heart of God's desire for us by examining a fascinating text: I Samuel 15. Come and be "recreated" through the Word and through prayer and through fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Grace and peace,