8He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
Happy Monday Friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. We had an extended weekend, (thank you to our Veterans) celebrating our youngest turning 5-years-old. We took our first family vacation in four years. Most of our trips are to see family in either Florida or south Georgia. This was the first trip we have taken with just our kids in quite some time. I did feel a little guilty taking it. With all the suffering going on in the world, I felt like taking four days for our own leisure was a gift I did not earn, nor deserve; just like the grace given to us by Jesus.
Whether my wife and I deserved this short break or not, our kids sure did. They had a blast staying in their first cabin, going to the Atlanta Zoo, and exploring the beauty of North Georgia in the fall. We got a glimpse of the fleeting colors of the season, I say fleeting because research suggests if we do not correct the damage done by global warming, the beautiful color splashes of autumn will soon be less and less dramatic. The article I shared in the link above is almost ten years old! We have got to do better to protect this precious planet. As you can see in the photo below, there is some color, but not the red and orange blasts we expected to see.
My wife and I were seeking to connect to God while we were on this trip, but there was never enough time. We were in the “wilderness,” but it was an overcrowded, tourist-heavy wilderness. At the end of our hike, we did find a nice reminder someone had left: a little wooden sign that said “HUMBLE YOURSELF IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD AND HE WILL LIFT YOU UP.” I was trying to share the photo in this post, but the devil won today, and I guess some iPhone photos will not convert to a shareable media, regardless of my best attempts.
Despite this trip not being what we had hoped for spiritually, I did receive a bit of divine inspiration as we were rushing to and fro. And that was a voice inside my head saying to simply “slow down.” We had packed a lot in just three days, like we have done all year. Slow down, enjoy your time with family, marinate in your moments with God.
Speaking of slowing down, this new album from Bethel, “Peace, Vol. II” is a beautiful collection of intimate, worship song covers. One of my favorites is Mr. Brandon Lake’s stripped down version of “Graves Into Gardens,” and two covers featuring my favorite Phil Wickham, but I think this one below is absolutely beautiful. Have a blessed week friends, slow down and enjoy the wonder around you.
Reading plan: 1 John 4:19-21
Deeper reading plan: Micah 7:14-20