Sunday, August 21, 2011

Seeking him with heart and soul


This year, our family beach trip is missing the sons. The oldest, Anders,is busy working for a new company, and the middle son,Matt, was heading back up north from his law internship in Florida. On the very same day we were heading to Hilton Head, travelling south, Matt was returning to his new bride, and law school, travelling north.

It occured to us that we would likely be intersecting in the universe right around lunch time. Through the miracles of cellphones, GPS, and UrbanSpoon Restaurant finder, we met at the only point in our respective trips that for a moment, would collide. We had a wonderful lunch with a wonderful young man that we cherish more and more as he grows into such a fine adult.

It amazed me that with all the infinite coordinates of space, we were fortunate enough to have engineered this meeting. We hadn't seen him for 6 weeks, and it could be another long stretch before we see him again. We recognize and honor the fact that his new wife has first dibs on him. So it was particularly wonderful to overcome time and chance and have the cosmic alignment cooperate. So often, people pass each other like ships in the night.

And it reminded me again that relationships must be intentional. If too much is left to spontaneity and chance, or even inspiration, they slowly die. It is true of human relationships, and it is true of our relationship with God. Sometimes meeting others half way is the hardest thing we are called upon to do. It is much easier to drive right on past, our own routes and goals clearly mapped out. It is easier not to find time to read the Bible, to Pray, or to sit in quiet,regular communion with the Father of all relationships.

"That was really nice," sighed Arvo, as we continued our journey southward and Matt headed on northward.
"It was," I agreed happily,"He is such a wonderful young man."

Deuteronomy 4:28-31 NIV

There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell. But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him. For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.
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