Then, look what I got to see this morning! Just before the sunrise, this beautiful smoky mountain view:
"The earth is the Lord's, and all its fulness;
The world and all those who dwell therein." -Psalm 24:1
Monday night I was invited to hear Trisha Gunn speak at River Tree Church. If I understand correctly, she wrote the LIFE (Living in Freedom Everyday) Bible study out of Birmingham's Church of the Highlands. What a wonderful message. On the way to hear her speak, my friend Christie and I saw this rainbow:
I heard on the radio yesterday that a device is being created to allow people to control their dreams. Somehow, as a person reaches REM sleep, they can tell their minds through this device, what to dream. So if you wanted to dream you were a millionaire, you could. If you wanted to dream you were dating a supermodel, you could. The discussion on the radio was interesting. One guy said, "I think it's dangerous. If I had that device, all I would want to do is sleep, so that I could dream I was in some other life and somehow make my real life go away." I was rocked to the core by that statement. How sad are we as a people? We have already created devices and games that do this sort of thing, by the way. All these video games where you can "create" your "character" and "be" someone else, with some fantasy life. It's SICK if you ask me. Why do we want so badly to escape life???? In real life, God really is still good. No, it's not always beautiful. Every day isn't sunrises and rainbows. I know that, trust me. But even on the "bad" days, God is doing something glorious in us. He is making us more like Himself. If we try to escape our real lives, we never allow God to mold us and shape us and make us beautiful, which He does through our circumstances, good and bad. To escape is to die. To escape is to suffocate our lives until they are nothing. I don't want to escape. Even when life is ugly. Because I truly believe that when life is its ugliest, it is about to be at its best.
"The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 'Arise and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.' Then I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 'O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter? Look, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!'"-Jeremiah 18:1-6.