Monday, July 30, 2012

Rejuvenation


But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed… Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4: 7-9, 16)


After some hard-pressed, perplexing times in Guyana that renewal, this rejuvenation is what God has brought me these past few weeks in the States...
revitalize
- bursts of brilliant orange tiger lilies in fields rainbowed with wildflowers
- sweet mouthfuls of strawberries, watermelon, and cherries

revive

- an elegant bald eagle and a playful harbor seal on an early morning run
- the chucka-chucka-chucka-chucka of the sickle bar mower gently laying down swaths of timothy and black-eyed susans behind grandpa Knott’s old Farmall tractor

invigorate

- the cool, crisp mountain air on the summits of a dozen Whites
- a sailing canoe catching the wind on its edge

refresh

- shivers of delight upon immersion in cold, clear-watered lakes 
- listening ears

renew

- red, purple, and orange starfish
- the Venden’s heartwarming all about Jesus and more about Jesus sermon series

restore
- a new wardrobe of thrift store finds
- a lone patch of Forget-Me-Nots in a mountain meadow full of other flowers, reminding me that HE has forgotten-me-not; “see,” He says in Isaiah, “I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands…”

rejuvenate

- body, mind, and soul


Psalm 57: 8-10
Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations.
For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, and Your truth unto the clouds.

-jodi-