It’s been a good week. On Wednesday we drove north to Campbell River and to a nearby provincial campsite. All reservable sites were taken but there were first-come-first-served sites were a possibility. We found a beautiful spot at the base of a hill covered by majestic firs and maples; with trunks big as two folks could barely span.
At Capturing Courage we have, for some years, been experiencing the Kingdom of God as a very different thing than ‘normal’ life. It is as though the rules for outside the garden don’t apply inside the garden; the garden has its own manner and way.
Let us make it clear that the curses that became part of our norm were overcome and put aside by the presence and work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, slowly, through the abiding of the Lord in us and us in God, our lives can find their way back to the garden; eternity is now in the person of Jesus Christ.
John 5:24: “He who hears my word, and believes him that sent me, has eternal life, and comes not into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
Work takes on meaning and significance. It is not endless toil with no point other than to eek out a meager subsistance on earth, rather, we are fed by the manna of God each and every day in every way imaginable.
Then too, we find the rest of the Lord as invited, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Jesus, in Matthew 11:28-29
We hear the voice of the Shepherd and find a true path and solid footing, even if around boulders, ditches, and valleys of death; God is with us all the way.
Striving comes to an end; trust grows deep. The chatter of our brains gives way to the voice of the Lord. Our own efforts are exchanged for the multiplication of the Spirit of God; every small offering of self is exponentially increased in impact by the Lord and for the glory of God.
We learn a deep listening, a solid abiding, a strength of pausing, with everything offered to us but with nothing needing to happen; content in the little and the much, able to receive and never needing to take; God with us.
All this to say, we found a campsite. And we expect to find a campsite in the next spot, and the next, and the next (but happy to have other options present themselves!). The movements, the instruction, the leading of the Lord becomes super practical.
A house of prayer (not any other kind of house).
On Vancouver Island (not any other island).
Situated on an ancient well of the spirit (not in the reasonable or practical or even beautiful location, as our minds might jump to).
At Capturing Courage we are trying to take God literally. The voice of God is not for our good emotions or for faith per se. It’s for instruction and direction, “Do this and go there.”