March 31, 2013

the land of enchantment

We are on the highway somewhere between Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Arizona border. There is nothing but gold sand, sage brush, and red flat-top mountains stretching out to the horizon on every side. The sky is a pale blue dome above us and thin, white clouds hover at eye level. Herds of horses and cows graze in small clusters across the fields.

Although we didn't spend this Easter morning in a church pew, I am overwhelmed by the power and beauty of God's love for us, reflected in the earth around us. We are often so caught up in the chaos and commotion of life that we can be easily distracted from seeing God in everyday things, but no one has ever stood in the wilderness and denied the presence of something so much greater than themselves. Worldly worries, possessions, fears, and successes fade with every passing mile of a land stark and empty, yet immeasurably rich.

It's easy to forget about all the "stuff" that fills up our minds, ears, eyes, and closets when looking at an expansive, perfectly painted landscape, and yet we are cruising along in a car that is stuffed to the gills with boxes, suitcases, and bags full of stuff. Meanwhile, a massive freight truck is carrying the rest of what we emptied out of our house, on the 1000 mile journey to our new place in California. Despite the value we place on objects, and our dire dependency on material things, this morning I am content simply watching out the window as the most beautiful slideshow of God's creation flashes by. He didn't have to make the world beautiful, but He did. He didn't have to make our eyes able to see vibrant color, but He did. He didn't have to make our senses able to smell, taste, hear, and touch the earth around us, but He did. He didn't have to save the world by giving us His only son so that we could have everlasting life, and live it to the fullest... but He did.

beautiful, joyful, happy Easter everyone!

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