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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Agnus Dei

Last May we had the privilege of spending a week at a resort in the mountains of Vermont. Having spent several years of my childhood living in Norway, I have always ADORED the mountains! If I could pick one place to live, it would be somewhere in the mountains! Vermont was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Life seemed to revolve around hiking, rock climbing, biking and being outside. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking! The people were very friendly and there was a sense that the area was "safe".

It struck me one day as we were driving through the mountains, that God has created such amazing things for us to enjoy. Such gifts! Yet we as people seem to be tempted to focus on the gift rather than the Giver...the creation rather than the Creator. In a state as beautiful as Vermont, how can one not seek God when everything points to God! As we drove up the winding road to our resort one afternoon, a song started to play from the worship CD we were playing. It was so fitting. We listened quietly...

AGNUS DEI
Alleluia! Alleluia! For the Lord God Almighty reigns!
Alleluia! Alleluia! For the Lord God Almighty reigns!
Alleluia! Holy! Holy! Are You Lord God Almighty!
Worthy is the lamb! Worthy is the lamb!
For you are Holy! Holy!
Are you Lord God Almighty! Worthy is the lamb!
Worthy is the lamb.
Amen


BACK TO THE CITY!
It was a little bit difficult to come down from those mountains and drive home! In the city I am surrounded by different things. The mountains were replaced by buildings! The beautiful log homes were replaced by town homes and apartment buildings and strip malls. Yet...I am still surrounded by things that point me to God. (And, I am still tempted to focus on the gift rather than the Giver!)

Here are some things that point me to God in the city?

*The Azalea bush outside my kitchen window.
*The miracle of my children growing up.
*The provision of my home.
*A faithful pastor(and pastor's wife!)
*Another day to breathe!
*The college student that chose to live by a holy standard even when those around did not!
*The dog we saw at the store who was wagging his tail...doing what he was created to do!
*The homeless guy across from McDonald's, although dirty and in torn clothes, who was created in the image of God!

All of these things point me to God!

So as I drive down the road, fight traffic, and sit at a red light, I can still sing...


Alleluia! Alleluia! For the Lord God Almighty reigns!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
For the Lord God Almighty reigns!
Alleluia! Holy! Holy!
Are you Lord God Almighty.
Worthy is the lamb! Worthy is the lamb!
Amen!
For You are Holy! Holy!
Are you Lord God Almighty!
Worthy is the lamb! Worthy is the lamb!
Amen!

What things do YOU see, in the setting God has place YOU in, that point you to God?
"Oh, Father. You have made all things well! Please open my eyes to all the things and people around me that point me to You!"

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6 Comments:

Blogger windycindy said...

Hi, The things I see God in are my flowers, family, friends, rain, rainbows, security, etc. Thanks,Cindi

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May 14, 2008 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger lori said...

ALL AROUND US! YES HE IS~
and you know any post with lyrics from my THIRD DAY GUYS is a wonderful post in my book!!
love you girl!
lori

May 14, 2008 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

He is all around us, if only we open our eyes to see.

May 14, 2008 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Darnelle said...

"Oh, Father. You have made all things well! Please open my eyes to all the things and people around me that point me to You!"

I am certain that prayer pleases our Father!

"Lord, let it be the prayer of my life!"

Thank you for an eye opening word!
Darnelle

May 14, 2008 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I love that song, too! How true, we are quick to worship the creation instead of the creator. Thanks for the reminder to stay focused on Him.

May 14, 2008 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Gina,
I am blessed to live in the North Georgia mountains.
Even though they are not as tall as the Rocky Mountains or even the Great Smoky Mountains they still take my breath away.

I have this favorite spot on the drive home from Wal-Mart (one of our two big stores). As I crest the top of the hill and begin to descend the beauty just overwhelms me. If I don't take the time to stop and look I will miss it.

It's good to remember to look around and see those things which in the busyness we can drive right past.

This was a beautiful post and reminder to pay attention to God in our midst in the things around us.

Thanks for sharing,
Julie

May 14, 2008 at 10:41 PM  

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