I was able to meet up with a very dear high school friend this past weekend. I’m sure he would want to remain anonymous, and I want to honor that. We met and went to dinner together, catching up on our lives in the 10+ years it’s been since we last met.
As with all of us, life just happens. He and I both have had a similar kind of cancer in our throats, and as a result, we battle some of the same side effects. Not dwelling on that, but rather choosing to be reminded of how very blessed we are to still be alive and enjoying our families.
I told him that I had a difficult time finding him. I “Googled” him and he did not exist. He wasn’t wasn’t even on facebook. What?! How could that be in 2013? He told me that he lived at the end of the cul-de-sac on the information super highway…by choice. Wikopedia defines a “cul-de-sac”: a dead-end street with only one inlet/outlet. Interesting choice of words don’t you think? It was worth the effort because we had a great visit and promised it wouldn’t be too long before we got together again.
At times I just want to “check out” of all the technology we have. I am typing this while sitting in the truck riding home from our another trade show. 70 mph, out in the middle of Kentucky, and able to have access to all the information I would want. That leaves very little “down time” or time we aren’t readily available to others needs, (percieved or real) whims and wants.
This brings me to a thought from Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted (not I might be) among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (all within His time frame)
Like many who have accepted the free gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ, I believe we are living in the last days. That is the days before He returns to earth to take all of those who have simply trusted in Him and His free, redemptive work on the cross to take away our sins. Not good works, you see we could never be good enough. No “random acts of kindness” will give us enough “God brownie points” that will count when we draw our last breath. Simply by grace, through faith. Amazing grace really is a great definition.
I am looking forward to Thursday this coming week. I have been invited by my dear friend and brother in Christ Bill Fortney to attend one of his “In Light” workshops a few hours away from Nashville. You would be blessed to add his blog to one of your daily visited websites. The photography is beautiful, but the insights are invaluable! So, I hope to take a few days to learn how to be a better photographer from some of the best and most creative people on the planet. More than that, I get to be among people “of like faith” that I will spend these treasured hours with and in the future all of eternity! I am looking forward to that more than anything. A “rest stop” in this very busy life we live. A short time to intentionally “be still.”