Saturday, March 25, 2006

Genesis 47:27-48:7; Psalm 136; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Mark 7:1-23

[W]ho made the great lights –

his love endures forever.

The sun to govern the day,

his love endures forever.

The moon and stars to govern the night;

his love endures forever.

(Psalm 136:7-9.)

This past summer I had the privilege of going on the youth mission trip out to Montana for about a week. Now initially I had my doubts about the mission trip. I was going to be in the middle of nowhere, and I had no idea what to expect of it. What would it be like where we were going? And what would we be doing? Needless to say I went into it feeling a bit shaky.

Once we arrived in Montana, all my uncertainties and other fears proved to be incorrect. I don’t know that I have ever worked in such an open and comfortable setting as I did while I was in Montana. One particular memory sticks out in my mind when I think of God’s work shown on the trip. This was a time in the afternoon while I had been painting a family’s home for a number of hours and was beginning to grow a bit tired. I was called to take over the painting on the highest point of the roof of the house. So I climbed up the ladder and headed for the spot on the roof where I needed to resume painting, and as I began to paint I glanced just over the top of the roof to find myself looking at one of God’s greatest creations. Just beyond the roofline there were grassy rolling hills with animals grazing on them. As soon as this picturesque landscape revealed itself to me, I also realized that a cool breeze had brought itself upon me. What was before a blazingly hot day had become the ideal temperature. It is this image, this memory, that sticks out in my mind as being what God intends for life to be.

I was one of many other youth working on the house that day but it wasn’t until I found myself on the ladder that I truly realized what I had been doing, and the impact we all were making on this family’s life. The companionship of all of us working together to accomplish one task and the amazing scenery in the background are what God had intended. Seeing the beautiful hills, the sun shining, and all of the people working together to make a difference showed me that God’s love truly does endure forever.

Chris Palmer

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