So don’t over think this one.
On a lot of Wednesday’s during the year, I open up my office for a few hours to anyone who wants to come by and visit with the preacher. It’s one of my favorite parts of the week. Most people just come by and tell me some of their story. One of the best parts of Highland Church is the great diversity of people who are here. Yesterday, a Highland member named Beverly, came by with her two incredible daughters, and they showed me this video. I never would have found it otherwise, but it moved me pretty deeply yesterday in a way I didn’t expect.
Here’s the thing about what Louie Giglio is saying, I’m fully aware that the whales don’t actually keep up with the greatest hits of Chris Tomlin, and the stars don’t naturally keep perfect 4/4 time, but there was something profound about what Giglio is getting at here. He’s letting us experience what is already true all around us. Creation is bustling with the glory of God and too often we are so hurried or so blind to it that we don’t realize how fascinating the world around us actually is.
This will be my last blog to post for a couple of weeks, because this Monday I am flying with some Highland members and a co-worker to Nepal. We are going with a ministry that is dear to Highland named Eternal Threads (I highly recommend you look it up and consider hosting an event with them at your own church). It’s a ministry for vulnerable women in 3rd countries, that trains them with job skills like sewing and sculpting and gives them the ability to sell their wares fairly to consumers on the other side of the world.
A little known fact in the West, is that most of the sex-slaves in India aren’t from India. They are trafficked in from surrounding countries, and Nepal is one of the main places they draw from. A woman is promised a job and a way to take care of her family back home, or worse proposed marriage to, and then as soon as she’s crossed the border she becomes cattle to be used and discarded.
And that’s unacceptable for some of the people I know in West Texas.
So Eternal Threads has actually paid to set up and man some border crossing patrols. They stop over a thousand women a month from being trafficked and then they try to give them a better life to keep them from being so vulnerable in the first place. So for the next couple of weeks we will be rubbing shoulders with people who are making a very real difference in this world, and we will be seeing different parts of the world for the first time, from the Himalayas to the Elephant Safari. But if Matthew 25 is correct, than Jesus is best seen in the people who are the least of these. And we are going to get to spend a lot of time with people who are dear to the heart of God.
There’s a song that Creation is singing. It’s a blend of the groans of creation but yet the glory of God’s presence within it.
It’s time to tune in.