For me, there is nothing like walking through a Redwood forest. The warm, fragrant air and the huge stature of the ancient trees momentarily puts life into perspective for me. It reminds me how temporal life is, and to treasure this time. It also reminds me of a verse from James, "What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." You know what? That verse kind of makes me think of bathroom spray. The fragrance only lasts a little while. Some mists smell better than others. I want my life to be a fragrant offering... not too sweet or too strong, but pleasing. I've got a lot of work to do.
This leads me to the state of my faith...
I'm reading the book, "Crazy Love" by my friend Francis Chan. A paragraph on the back cover is what hooked me, "It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe- the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor- loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.
Whether you've verbalized it or not... we all know something is wrong."
This is totally the state of my faith. I know there is so much more that God wants to do. He is moving and stirring. What is it, Lord?