But this weekend, John and Will came to spend a night with us. So I'm gonna blog about that today.
I am always surprised about how the gospel in revealed to me when those boys are around. I don't know why I am always surprised. Their mother is woman of unbelievable faith and every lesson, punishment, conversation that she has with her boys is drenched in scripture. When we said our bedtime prayers on Friday night, Will, the 8 year old, prayed so specifically - something I am trying to be more aware of in my own life. John pulled out my chair for me, while thanking me for fixing him supper, at the dining room table a couple hours prior that that. And that respectful gesture was the gospel revealed to a 23 year old from a 12 year old.
On Saturday morning, Colby and I took the boys to a park near our new home. It was freezing cold but the boys ate it up. Colby and I love the outdoors but these boys like looove the outdoors. They freaked out when they saw a little island of cedar knots and they could honestly look at a waterfall for hours.
We wandered off beaten paths and crossed bridges. I snapped pictures, they skipped rocks. It was incredible. Yes, it was cold, but we were outdoors, in the heart of the world that man cannot compete with. This is all God. Trees and creeks and moss and dirt. Cold winds and cracking tree limbs. Cedar knots and smooth rocks. I mean this is it. This is the stuff we are suppose to be in awe of. God is way cooler than Van Gough. Are you kidding me? He MADE TREES. And lots of them. The whistling of wind and the crunching of leaves under your feet is nature's music. Mozart, who?
I have no doubt that their sanctuary is the woods. Not a building with a cross on it. The woods. Where simplicity, sanctification and restoration for the heart resides. I bet their alters are fallen trees. And communion cups are those that John whittled out of acaia wood. I bet you that they are baptized by waterfalls and their joy comes from the warmth of the sun. I believe that whole-heartily.
And I also believe that is the gospel according to John and Will.