I share (SNEAK PREVIEW!) with you the editorial for the September issue of MyFaith Magazine…
I recently went on a work/vacation trip during which I decided to write a daily blog in keeping friends and family “posted” about the happenings. So this blog really documents everything that my family and I get up to while relaxing in new environments, and briefly mentions some of the work-related elements as well. Now, blogging is nearly as old as a primary school child, so it needs no new introduction.
This whole process got me thinking again though. Firstly, we are discovering new places, people and experiences every day, and in all I am reminded of the goodness of God. I have come to realize again that God is indeed universal, and wherever a packed suitcase may take us, there God goes with as well. David puts it far better in Psalm 139: God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too — your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful — I can’t take it all in! Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute — you’re already there waiting! Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you (Eugene Petersen, The Message).
Secondly, I have met some amazing people and have been overwhelmed at the creativity of God. I have realized that all people are people! By this I mean that as a human I am no different from another – often we think that a different race or culture is a different species! The greatest discovery (perhaps it is more of a reminder) is that God cares for all the people on earth, no matter where they are. While it may take me nearly a day to travel to a new place on earth, God is already there. Global travel may take time for me, but the globe is in the palm of God’s hand!
The blog I write in a sense becomes the documentation of God’s hand in the life of my family and I. And we are overwhelmed… by an indescribable love and an immeasurable grace. We are also confronted by God’s sense of humour and Him taking delight in our smallest pleasure. So the blog becomes a testimony to and of God in a sense. Who ever thought a blog could serve as a reminder of God? Initially I didn’t, but now some weeks into our journey, I have come to see that the greatest experience of life is simply to encounter God, even in what we consider small things!