“evidence before the Lord”                                                                                       June 22, 2016

This past Sunday we basically wrapped up the second phase of our sabbatical journey.  To refresh your memory, the thesis of our sabbatical centers around reflecting upon the “spiritual moments” in our life.  When God’s undeniable presence showed up.  Our time is divided between four areas; 1) Israel/Turkey/Greece, 2) Our time in Washington/Seminary, 3) Our time in Missouri (Community Covenant in Kearney ), 4) Our time in Oregon (Milwaukie Covenant).

Last week we traveled to Bremerton, WA. where both Kim and I grew up and were first called to ministry.  One of the highlights of this section was spending a couple of days at LaPush on the northern Washington coast.  This is where my family use to camp and fish during the summer.  It also became a favorite place of Kim and I.  It had been almost twenty years since we last visited this location.

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Although LaPush isn’t the salmon fishing center it use to be, it still has one of the most beautiful coast-lines.  During our time there we hiked along it’s three scenic beaches and reflected upon our many “spiritual markers”.                                                                                                                                                                                               In 1 Samuel 12:7 we read, “Now then, I am going to confront you with evidence before the Lord                       as to all the righteous acts performed by the Lord for you and your fathers.”

As Kim and I sat on a piece of driftwood and watched the waves crash along the rocks we were “confronted” with evidence of the Lord’s acts in our lives. We laughed that it was at LaPush some twenty-nine years ago that we were “confronted” with “Mittens from Heaven” (ask us to explain this one sometime).  We also shed grateful tears that two years later, after struggling with issues of infertility we felt the Lord saying that if we wanted a child “pray for it now”.  Nine months later we were blessed with our first child.  The time seemed to vanish as we shared these memories together.  Needless to say, this was a very special time.  I will take these memories and record them on my shepherd’s staff.

This week we plan on resuming our hiking another section of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Next week we will enter into the third section of our journey, spending time visiting people and places in Missouri.