So I've been here in California for the last week, sharing some time with my oldest son, Jordan and then moving into the final leg of the 2008 Orange Tour.
I've been so grateful for the time with him. And I have really appreciated a chance to explore a bit of the West, having never been here before. We had a crazy itinerary, but by far the highlight for me has been our day trip into Yosemite Valley National Park. It's like God did some extra work on the West Coast. Never seen so much natural beauty before.
I'm not by nature a "nature" guy, but Yosemite in particular amazed me. In fact, nature itself has been the highlight of this trip. While we dropped by Las Vegas and spent several days in Hollywood, Santa Monica and even got into a taping of the Tonight Show, the time in Yosemite, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon stunned me to new levels. The pictures barely convey the experience. Some of you know what I'm talking about because you've been there, but for a guy whose spent all his life in Central Canada or the east coast, this was refreshing and majestic.
When your breath gets taken away at almost every turn, it does something to your theology. At least it does something to mine. It gives me a deeper awe, wonder and trust that I don't want to lose when I get back home. Remember when the Grinch's heart grew three sizes one day? I think my heart did that (hope I'm not a grinch, though…).
It also brought to life three phrases we use all the time at Connexus when teaching our kids about Christ: wonder, discovery and passion. From pre-schooler through to high school students, we want our kids to develop a wonder about God, to discover Him, and to passionately pursue and serve Him. This week, I've felt like the student again. It's been so wonderful.
What gives you a sense of wonder, discovery or passion?