29 July 2013

Encountering Jesus ~ "When did you get here?"

The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” (John 6.22-25)
While driving through MOUNTAINS in northeastern Utah and western Wyoming this past month, Tim saw a sign for trail rides. With some internet searching followed up by calling around while sitting sipping mocha frappes at McD's (i.e. access to Wifi), Tim located a one hour trail ride for riders aged 5 and older in the Grand Tetons. The kids were unanimous... (Mary Michelle didn't get to ride on the trail, she did get to ride Jethro the mule around the pasture at the trail head) and early one morning, away they went.

They had a great time! And when they had dismounted the horses, Jonathan and particularly Elsie Mae were surprised to walk into the office to see a slide show of pictures playing on the computer - a slide show that contained the above photos... photos of them.

The first question to the lady playing the slide show? 

"How'd you do that? Be here and get there all at the same time?"

And we laughed - mainly because we knew and some had seen her racing her bike between the office and those preset photo stations!

When I read the above passage in John, it reminded me, though, of that incredulous look on the face of my two littles as they tried to comprehend the how...

And it has had me thinking and meditating on a thought I've probably needed to just hold close and let minister to me for awhile - without a whole lot of study and dissecting and discussion to go along. That truth - that Jesus is anywhere with me, regardless of the where... that He promises His Presence even when I don't always sense it... and that He's not just with me but with anyone who has called upon His Name for forgiveness and salvation - is an immensely comforting one for me these days. In seasons of doubt, insecurity, fatigue, fearfulness, I may not feel like I'm encountering Jesus anywhere.

But that's okay because He promises to be near, to be with me, regardless of whether I know it, or sense it, or even believe it... or not ~

So there will always be those sometimes moments when I'm tempted to ask Him, "When did you get here?"

But I already know His answer: "I was, I am and I will always be, here... wherever that here might happen to be."

this week's gratitude list

(#'s 4013 - 4042)

He is @ my here and always will be

my Midland friends... I've missed them

family reunions

paddling a canoe while pulling kids in tubes across a lake

Sleeping Bear

cousins, cousins and more cousins

figuring out why the internet wasn't working

missionary homes for people like us to live in

enjoying hanging out with siblings/in-laws

lunch with Pastor Dan and Cheryl

class reunions

new trucks

Goodwill/Salvation Army stores... we've found some awesome deals on winter coats and flannel shirts for the school kids

payment plans


wild blackberries collected on a whim... and the resulting blackberry pie

campfires and long talks

visits at the lake with dear friends

visits over pizza with new friends

cousins who "text" stalk and then bear hug when they see us

public libraries

discovering the cuteness of chinchillas with Mary Michelle

sleeping on a bed again... after so many weeks of camping... even though it takes getting used to, as crazy as THAT sounds

being able to catch up on blogs again

school enrollments taken care of

getting my boy ready for college

thinking about drivers' training courses

Michigan weather variabilities and extremes

the totally unexpected gift of a week at camp for our big girls

friends and family helping out with Bren's open house - 'specially since I'm so clueless about this whole scenario

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