Sunday, July 4, 2010

Cool Colorado

Family vacations don't happen very often for us.  As a matter of fact, the last one I remember I was a senior in high school..that will be 12 years ago in December.  That week I learned how to ski, I experienced real snow, and I I was 17 so I was pretty closed off to what God might have been trying to show me about who He is.  I was more concerned with the cute boys on the ski slopes or at the rec center than what God was trying to show me about His glory, grace, magnificence, power, or creativity.

Twelve years later, I am sitting in the same town, but it's summer.  I am married, we are trying to get pregnant with our first child, and God has me in a place where I have to be completely dependent on Him.  I have to have faith that He will sell our house, that He will help us to conceive when it is the right time, that He knows what we can afford and He will keep us in the place where He wants us to live.

The past two mornings I have woken up to a cool breeze and sunshine.  I have spent the day with family and a light jacket.  Last night I laughed harder than I have in years at how silly my great uncle and cousins are.  I could barely contain myself.  I have slept with the windows open at night because there is no air conditioner in the garage apartment at my aunt's house, and actually had to sleep under the covers because it gets so cold.  I don't remember the last time I did that at home.  The last few days God has really shown me to RELAX.  To ENJOY Him. To come to Him when I am weary and heavy laden because He is going to take care of me.

This morning instead of going to church, we had church at the condos where the rest of my family is staying.  We sat in the sunshine, with my cousins leading worship, and had church.  It was so freeing to just sing out and not worry about the golfers on the course, what others might think, what was going to be for lunch because we were there as a family worshiping God!  It was AWESOME!

One song that we sang really struck my heart and I haven't been able to get it out of my head (which is why I am sitting down to blog about it) was "Come Ye Sinners".

Here are the lyrics:

  1. Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
    Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
    Jesus ready stands to save you,
    Full of pity, love and pow’r.
    • Refrain:
      I will arise and go to Jesus,
      He will embrace me in His arms;
      In the arms of my dear Savior,
      Oh, there are ten thousand charms.
  2. Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
    God’s free bounty glorify;
    True belief and true repentance,
    Every grace that brings you nigh.
  3. Come, ye weary, heavy-laden,
    Lost and ruined by the fall;
    If you tarry till you’re better,
    You will never come at all.

These words reminded me that Jesus, my Savior, saves me, embraces me, waited for me to come to Him, and He is where I need to go everyday because I am poor and needy, thirsty, and heavy laden.  When I go to Him I go to a place of safety, security, and peace.  

I'm amazed at the moments God will just speak to me when I sit to listen.  And this week Cool Colorado is the place to see His Magnificence.  I'm so grateful He gave me the time to get away from the busy-ness of life and to bask in His glory.

2 comments:

Steph W said...

Hey girl! For some reason I couldn't email you back with the email address you left. I probably typed it in wrong or something :) I'm so glad Rachael passed along my blog! The last several years have been exhausting, challenging, yet growing...I really can't say that I would change any of it, although at the time it seemed so tough to go through. Thank goodness God has a good plan :)
I'm enjoying reading your blog too!! I haven't done much in the blogging world until now...I'm a bit late, I know...but it's so encouraging to see God at work in so many people's lives as they share their stories. If you ever want to talk about anything, let me know! God has definitely given me a passion to share my story to help encourage anyone going through infertility or wanting to start the adoption process. My email address is stupunks@aol.com

Good to "meet you!" Blessings to you!!
Steph

smith mama of 2 said...

i am sooooooooo sad we are not there with you...just reading your post made me happy and sad. i am so happy to read of how god is using this time to bless you, free you, and allow you some needed R-n-R!!! i am sad that we couldn't visit more. we have more in common than we may realize. let's talk more soon...maybe via email or facebook. anyway, enjoy the rest of the time and LOVE ON THE FAM for me...give kisses to ALL