It’s impossible to overstate the power of light. Claude Monet understood how subtle variances could affect color and texture and he returned again and again to paint exact landscapes changed only by cloud conditions, seasonality or time of day. His twenty-five canvas series known as Haystacks displays this tremendous power to affect perception.
J.R.R. Tolkien pasted into eternity on this day, September 2nd in 1973. A man of vast imagination, he knew this life was only the wink of a beginning. He said, “There is a place called ‘heaven’ where the good here unfinished is completed; and where the stories unwritten, and the hopes unfulfilled, are continued. We may laugh together yet.”
The radical concept of God being born to peasants is old news to us, yet we still have trouble seeing Him in the mundane aspects of our daily life. We generally know that God is present in every aspect of life, but our ongoing challenge is to see Him in the crowd or perhaps in a routine encounter. Advancing His Kingdom is therefore counterintuitive. The very reason He gave you life today might just be for the quick chat you had with the waiter at lunch who needed to hear from Him through you. Continue reading “The Counterintuitive Mission”