From now on I will tell you of new things,
of hidden things unknown to you.
They are created now, and not long ago;
you have not heard of them before today.
So you cannot say,
‘Yes, I knew of them.’
(Isaiah 48:6b-7 NIV)
When I saw the two letters on the wall of the coffee house, I didn’t know that it was the beginning of a new awareness. I pointed out the white “un” to my family and friends. They were fairly unimpressed; we were there to celebrate and listen to music. But those two letters imprinted themselves into my consciousness.
Thus began this adventure of un(Lent). Last week, I was unable to post any of my “un” sightings. We were celebrating the engagement of our oldest son to his lovely girlfriend! They invited the moms to join them in their initial visits to photographers and reception halls, and so we gave them our undivided attention.
In between appointments and eating at fun little restaurants around town (of course, we had to eat between venues and photographers), I noticed “un”words in my daily readings, emails and even a worship song on Sunday!
So to catch you up from last week, I have compiled these seemingly unrelated experiences that reminded me that nothing goes unnoticed by God, not even my desire to pursue this un(Lent) journey.
If we could untangle the mysteries of life and unravel the energies which run through the world; if we could evaluate correctly the significance of passing events; if we could measure the struggles, dilemmas, and aspirations of mankind, we could find that nothing is born out of time. Everything comes at its appointed moment. (Joseph R. Sizoo)
The following article from the Slice of Infinity post provided some unlikely food for thought:
The Unlikely by Stuart McAlister
And on Sunday, I found out that I won a copy of the book Unquenchable, stories compiled by Carol Kent, including one written by my friend, Lynn D. Morrissey.
And then on Sunday, we sang of God’s unrelenting love in this song: “How He Loves” from David Crowder Band (We sang it twice; once in Sunday School and then again in worship!)
He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.
God never ceases to amaze my with His unending ways of expressing His affection for us!