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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Australia in Retrospect [This is My Confidence]

The highest heights are often to be found in the least expected places...
Least expected, that is, to a world quantifying success with finite formulas.

I've been to the heights. And not standing on a stage before thousands. Nor on some glittering crest of conquest. (As high as those honors are...)

One thing is always the same. I'm always shorter on the highest heights... By the distance of heel to knee.

PC: James Tregenza doanddare.org


This time, it was on a dusty bit of ground surrounded by benches, throbbing hearts, deep attention.
I have never climbed higher. Never seen the world wider than I saw it then. Never looked smaller in my own eyes. Never felt closer to Heaven.

Surprise?
No surprise.

To those who have found eyes for higher glory, though the beauty of the high places always surpasses our dreams, it is never entirely unexpected...


"As long as I live, I will remember his words-- 
'...Mostly, I've met God properly.'
That broke me wide open As though standing on holiest ground, I was filled with a smallness; a trembling... How is it that I am even allowed to touch what is this holy?"*

Though every memory fades at least a bit eventually, my wonder will never cease.
Nor will love for new friends with a beautiful foreign accent.
Nor will firm faith that we'll meet again, if not on this round earth, then inside pearly gates.

"Hey-- remember when...?"

Yes, I remember.

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Before it was over I had the opportunity to try to crunch the essence of 40 pages of worship notes and days and days of prayer and pondering onto 5 minutes of film. 
This is my confidence.






peace
morning and miracle bend
later: snowy mountain living
friends in Victoria

*journal entry, January 20, 2014


16 comments:

  1. Foreign accents hey? Since when were you in Victoria anyway.. my home state. Anyway nice to see familiar faces and I can more than resonate with this post. D&D is a special place and even more so are young people who are together in one place with the desire for consecration..

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    1. So perhaps mine was the foreign accent, since I was on your turf... :) Just dipped into Victoria on my last Sabbath, otherwise, NSW the whole time.

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  2. Just perhaps.. :) I know what it is to be on the other end (maybe Australians are more polite about it though?).. but anyway, reading this caused my worlds to collide

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  3. So right. This resonates. To never lose this wonder..... (for to lose it would be to forget that I am nothing and He is everything.)

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    1. I sure did. Came for Do and Dare camp in NSW. :)

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    2. oh... my sisters never mentioned your presence. I thought I recognized the location.

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  5. Was great catching up again briefly! May God continue to bless you richly in your ministry of what inspiration declares to be the nicest work ever given to mankind: "to deal with youthful minds"!
    Also praying we meet again, 'if not on this round earth, then inside pearly gates'!
    Keep fighting the good fight of faith!
    Liesl

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    1. Amen... Thanks Liesl! Wonderful to see you and yours again as well! Time flies so fast. :) Whole family sends love and greetings!

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  6. Precious memories Sean.... It was a pleasure working together.

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    1. Truth, Emmanuel. Thankful to have you as a friend and fellow-soldier.

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  7. "God is the one who covers all the distance between Himself and us.." Something I need to remind myself of. So often when I encounter Him in the middle of my day I seem to think that I somehow found Him, when really it's Him who's found me. He does it all.
    Thanks for sharing, Sean. I was blessed...

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  8. I was personally very blessed with your evening 'Campfire' messages Sean... they were so inspiring and have helped me greatly on my walk with the Lord. :)

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    1. I'm so glad, Lucinda! God is very good. :)

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