Friday, July 29, 2011

Tomato Red

Pretty obvious today I guess. But it works. (By the way... did you know Crayola has a scented Crayon called "Ogre Odor"? First. Disgusting. Second. The color is similar to tomato red - so I guess I could have gone with that). We have this fantastically amazing church in Lakewood - New Hope Community Church (That's right. I'm plugging them and I don't even attend there.) This is the second summer in a row that they have partnered up with Youth For Christ's Tillicum Youth and Family Center to provide a "Burger Burn" every Thursday. A giant charcoal grill, hundreds of burgers and all the fixings makes for an amazing community event. It's open to anyone in the area to bring their family and friends and simply eat. chat... eat some more. What a heart the folks at this church have for those around them.

Unrelated but more on my brain than burgers.... The hubs and I chatted with some of the folk at the burger burn while several news helicopters circled overhead. We were all awaiting news to hear whether or not a missing boy had been found. Last seen in the water at the park. You can read more of the story here - but this boy lost his life yesterday, right in our local swimming hole. It's awful and terrible. My husband and I scanned the reports on the news hoping that those saying he was in critical condition were the accurate ones. We waited for a name or a photo - hoping it wasn't someone we knew.... Does that make it any better? No. Surely he still had friends and family who will miss him dearly.

I pulled out my 'imaginary' 3x5 card last night. The list of questions I don't want to forget so that when I get to Heaven I can pull it out. Sit down for coffee and have a conversation with the one who created me. The one who knows all the answers.

I know that I don't understand all the workings of the Lord. "My thoughts are not your thoughts & my ways are not your ways" (Isaiah 55:8) I understand that if I understood everything about the Lord - I would have no need for Him because it is impossible in my human state to even comprehend the things of the Lord.

But eternity really racks my brain. I can't get around it. I don't understand it. How can someone live for 13 years (presumably be accountable for what happens for all of eternity) and then pass away unknowing of the Saviors love. I'm not saying that is the case for the young man who passed away - it just got me thinking about life in general.

Our culture/society does SUCH a poor job of making our teens responsible for their actions... At a young age a person can have made a decision that effects all of eternity? I just don't get it. I can't wrap my brain around it.

So the only thing I can do is light a fire and not let a day go by that I haven't made it clear - eternity exists! Where will you spend it?

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  1. I really like the richness of those reds!

    And I agree, there are so many things I don't "get" about God. The deeper I become in my faith and the more I read scripture, the more questions I have! I like to think that God's grace and mercy extend beyond this life...but I'll be living my life as if it doesn't.

  2. I too, saw that news report and was saddened that he lost his life so soon. I hope that he knew the Lord as Savior, because that does give the family comfort and hope knowing there will be a reunion in heaven. But if he didn't, can that tragedy serve as a light to us that eternity is real, it is coming for all of us and where will we be, with or without the Lord? Salvation too is real... "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved." That Name is Jesus...may we all come to Him for the forgiveness of our sins and the salvation of our souls. Thank you Christina, for your thoughts...

  3. Eternity is something I've never been able to really wrap my head around either. I hope I can live my life in a way so that someday I'll have more of those answers, you know?

    Gorgeous shot and processing. The colors are amazing!

  4. These are some pretty rich thoughts - there is so much I don't understand. I love how you've got your 3x5 ready to many questions.

  5. So sorry for the young mans family....and yes many questions.


    Love the picture!

  6. amen to that! i have an imaginary 3X5 card too full of questions!
    praying for that family who lost a loved one.

  7. My son is in the stage of asking questions about God and how/why things work :{ You realize just how much is based on faith when you have these discussions and how much you really don't know!


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