Hi, Rob here.
I’ve been home just over a week and already the USA trip is starting to feel like a distant memory. The wonders of Yosemite and the Grand Canyon are being pushed to the back of my mind as I re-establish the routines and habits of being a pastor, husband and dad. The excitement of getting up and not knowing what new experiences I’ll have is being replaced by the predictability of certain tasks that I have to deal with. I’m sure many of you have experienced this come-down effect after a time of excitement. The week after a youth camp; the morning after a great concert; the afternoon after a memorable church service when your in-laws came for lunch. However, I’m making no agreement that this is a low after a high. Instead it is simply everyday life after a time of being removed from that setting. It is also a time to rediscover the wonder of everyday life.
When you see extraordinary sights like Half Dome, the Rocky Mountains or parts of the Mojave desert it is easy to see God in those places. You feel close to him as you reflect on his creativity, beauty and majesty. In everyday life you have to look more closely and more intentionally but the glory of God is still there for the seeing. Here are some things that I’ve seen and heard since I’ve been home:
- A glorious sunset (yes, even Hamilton has them!)
- My son Jake (nearly 8) playing the ukulele with confidence
- My daughter Jaz (nearly 6) reading the Bible to me
- My wife Kiley running the home with grace and flair
- Trees full of blossom and magnolias full of colour
- My church singing their heart out in worship
- Friends helping each other out
- Jake’s soccer team trying their very hardest in the last game of the season and not getting bitter when they just lost
- A kitten who’s adopted us playing with a ball and having us in giggles
- A talented pub band playing some of my favourite songs
- Drinking good coffee with friends
Life is full of joy and wonder if our eyes and hearts are open to it. Yes, it’s full of frustrations too but they can teach us much. Why don’t you make your own list of things that you’ve seen and heard and then use it to lead you into thankfulness and wonder at the God who loves us and has poured out his grace to us through Jesus.