I’m going to go back to what I love during this Lenten Season…taking photos and highlighting the beauty in the everyday, the sacredness of all that is around us, and in doing so, finding God in his creation.
I’ll be using Diana Butler Bass’ Grounded: Forty Day Devotional as a guide. I hope you’ll join me on this 40 day journey back to Immanuel, God with us.
“The Bible begins in a perfect garden and ends with a sacred city. And that sacred city draws together nature and human community into an intimate relationship with God, the One who dwells in the midst of it all. Here on earth.” (Grounded, p. 270)
There are times I have forgotten or simply not noticed that God is here with me. He has always been here; in the beautiful moments of creation, as well as our less than stellar moments, those moments he had to come looking for us. We may have been banned from the perfection of the garden, but he has continued walking with us as we move through redemption and toward restoration. Genesis is the beginning, and Revelation is not the ending, but the completion of his work.
So many times I’ve heard prayers begin with “Father, I am not worthy of your gift this season.” I’ve said a few of those myself. I perpetually live with a soundtrack that tells me I’m not worthy, I’m not good enough, I’m not deserving enough.
He is not above or beyond, but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us. This is not a one time only thing, it always has been and always will be this way. He has walked this earth always looking for us. Our pasts don’t matter. Our shame doesn’t stop him.
It would do us all good to remember he came looking for us in the midst of our shame, asking, “why are you hiding?” We are loved and pursued fully by him.
“The direction of history moves toward wholeness, the re-creation of all things, and union with goodness, beauty, and justice.”
“May I live this day with my heart directed toward the consummation of history,
the fullness of God’s compassionate dream to dwell with us here.”
Diana Butler Bass