Job 37:5-7 “God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. 6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ 7 So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor.
Last night, during his evening prayers, my sweetheart asked our Adonnai if He would please slow us down today. Of course, I did not know this and had made an impressive list of places we would visit and things we would do. I had heard the whisperings of the Spirit that we should rest and renew. But as usual, I forged ahead, sure that I knew more than the Creator about what was best for our vacation. Well it seems that sweetheart and the Lord are on the same sheet of music. Because when we woke up this morning the world was white with snow and an early blizzard had arrived in Flagstaff. We raised the blinds and watched the snow fall in ever increasing amounts. I guessed out loud that we would have to stay inside and relax on this beautiful Sabbath day. Of course my sweetheart had to admit that he had conspired with the Lord to make me slow down!
How wonderful technology is these days. Sweetheart, youngest daughter and I attend what is commonly referred to as a “mega church”. Thousands of people attend services each weekend in a multitude of campuses. We have an online campus for those who are sick or out of town. (I think our trip qualified) And while we are not supposed to use the online service in place of actual church attendance when we are in town, through the miracle of modern computers, we can watch the entire service, music and all. I attend Fellowship of the Woodlands in The Woodlands (catchy name!), TX. It was a little overwhelming at first but now it is like going home each time I attend. When I don’t go, I miss it terribly. When we are out of town, being able to watch it on the computer fills that emptiness that comes with not going to church. If we are able, we try to find a local church to attend but often times, circumstances just don’t make it possible. So here is church from our room at the Abineau Lodge. A fireplace, snow outside, and church on the laptop. All while sitting in my pj’s. How cool is that. While I am sure that I could get used to this, I probably wouldn’t be scoring any points with Abba if I did it too often!!!
|Greg Long of Avalon singing
at the 9:30 service online
at Fellowship of the Woodlands
After a yummy breakfast of southwestern eggs and home fries served up by the ever smiling and cute as a button Lindsey, we ventured outside to see a little bit of this winter wonderland. Obviously it is cold and there is lots of the fluffy rain!! They also don’t plow the back roads here and it was quite a hair raising ride to the interstate. Well….for me anyway. Sweetheart was born and raised in Swampscott, MA so he is a pro at this whole winter driving thing. I, of course, dug holes into his leg with my nails and drive him crazy with my backseat driving. He swears I make him lose a few heartbeats every day. I don’t know what he is talking about. I always stomp on the imaginary brakes when I sit in the passenger seat! And yelling out about potential hazards on the road is just one of those quirks I have developed in my later years.
Even though we had seen church online, I still wanted to feel that connection to the Lord that comes from being inside of His House. In Sedona, we found an absolutely stunning church that is a tribute to all that God has created in this raw and beautiful landscape. It’s called Chapel of the Holy Cross. It was conceived by Marguerite Bruswig Staude and built in 1956. It looks out over the pinnacles and peaks of the Red Rock peaks of the Sedona area. You can sit on the rough hewn benches and see all that God, in His magnificence, created for His children. Below are some pictures from the Chapel. It is said to be built as if on the rock of Peter and as one of my friends said, ” it will bring chills to see it”. I think it is the most beautiful church I have ever seen.