Getting caught up in fellowship :)

I was trying to think just now of how to capture some of the adventures that have taken place since I last blogged and I can honestly say I haven't had a few days with so much crammed into them in a very long time.

So I think pictures will be the best way to structure the next 5 minutes of your reading time….

Are you ready?

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As I asked you to pray for on Saturday, I shared an extended testimony/talk for my church's young people/adults in Sunday afternoon, which was both a wonderful and humbling experience. My friend translated, which I was also super-thankful for, and at the end I got the opportunity to pray for some precious people. All I'll say is… I really, super love my church πŸ™‚

Sunday was also full of good food and fellowship time… Probably the best way to spend a day of rest…
And then on Monday we were off to Niseko to stay in our church's retreat house. 'We' means this beautiful bunch of people…
This place is seriously beautiful. Like seriously, SERIOUSLY beautiful (I hope you get how serious I am…) Just in case you don't, this is the house…
 
And this is the view from the front window…
So, in true holiday fashion, we ate, and ate, and ate…
We white-water-rafted and onsen-ed… (This is us on the way to rafting… ;))
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We worshipped Jesus…

We played some magnetic game that had a losing-penalty of getting drawn on… That just deterioted into drawing on each other… πŸ˜‰
We played 'tig' in the forest…
I taught the kids English-pictionary…
We ate some more…
Oh, and just in case you hadn't seen enough already… We posed for about a katrillion silly photos…
 
It was a wonderful, wonderful time.
And today, I'm thankfully not working till this afternoon, so I got up late and was spending some morning time with God… And this Laura Hackett song came on… It's called 'The Love Inside of You'…
 

Do Your eyes see me now? Are You smiling? Are You proud?

I believe You are, and this changes everything.

Do Your eyes see me now? Are You smiling? Are You proud?

I believe You are, and this changes everything.

Your heart so full, You can't contain it, waves are crashing over me

I feel so safe I can't explain it, peace and joy abound in me…

The love inside of You is so pure, so right, it fills all heaven with its light


Jesus Your love is so amazing, and this joy I can't explain it

I'm caught up in the fellowship I'm caught up in the fellowship

Jesus Your love is so amazing, and this joy I can't explain it

I'm caught up in the fellowship I'm caught up in the fellowship

You're the One, there You go again, lifting my heart, lifting my head

Hope is rising as I see You smiling

You're the One, there You go again, lifting my heart, lifting my head

Hope is rising as I see You smiling.

So I was listening to this song, and I was thanking God for the fellowship and friendship of the last few days… And that phrase, 'caught up in the fellowship' just really struck me.

Struck me afresh.

Because we can only be truly united to each other, with that kind of unity that surpasses language barriers and personality barriers and energy barriers… When we are first united to God, through Jesus. When the Holy Spirit starts to change us completely and overtake us.

I remember praying for a fresh revelation of the Trinity last year as I drove through the Northern Highlands. And as I prayed, God gave me a really clear picture of three equal, but yet distinct people, in a perfect, beautiful dance. The music I could hear in the background was this crescendo of sound and perfectly blended and harmonised notes. The picture shone with a combination of radiant colours, that dazzled in a spectacular brightness. The dance was detailed and fluid and completely unified to the sound and the light. And into this scene, I became aware of my own presence.

That I stood in the centre of this unity, being invited to join the dance of the Eternal God.

And I became freshly aware of my Papa. My Abba who gently holds me and soothes me and brings calm to my soul.

Precious Jesus. Whose eyes burn with blazing fire, and who fights to redeem us from the pit of emptiness. He who is both beautiful and terrifying.

And Holy Spirit. My best friend, my comforter, and He who gives boldness in my timidity and strength in my weakness.

The Trinity.

Three, yet One.

Unified.

And inviting us to be unified, first to God, and then to each other.

And so I am thankful, not only for experiencing the outworking of that grace in community… But for the Oneness of God that I am invited into.

Swept up in the beautiful dance.

On other matters, I might have perhaps *cough* done myself an injury. Or two… Now, last week, in amongst the essay-writing craziness… I also learnt that skating carrying a 20kilo bag is not good for old-knee-related-surf-injuries. Like, I took a heavy dip slightly too ferociously and have been doing my best not to hobble around like an old-lady-in-agony ever since. I spoke to Becca on Friday and as a responsible nurse she heavily advised me NOT to do direct exercise… But I figured that rafting didn't count, right?! (Because… You're in a boat… So it's not 'direct exercise'…) Well actually, I don't think my knee is either better or worse from the activities of the last few days, but I have managed to do something to my ankle on the opposing side. Who knows what (?!?), it doesn't actually hurt so bad… But it is purple, swollen and gross looking. I was walking to work today (Because I'm totally hard/stupid and figured a gentle walk might stretch everything out…) and I actually looked like I had a cowboy swagger. But seriously, please pray that my knee-down injuries will heal swiftly… I think Obaachan is quicker than me in stairs just now!

Ok. You're updated! Thank you for all your prayers… I love and appreciate you all!

 

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