We recently were in Charleston, SC for a wedding. One of the places we saw was Rainbow Row – here are a couple of my pictures.

Rainbow Row, view from the south

Rainbow Row, view from the north

The name is based on the colors used to paint the houses after they were restored in the 1940’s. As you can see, the houses look very different depending on whether you are looking north or south. This is a simple, but but striking example of how things can look very different depending on your perspective.

To take example one step further, these houses would have looked very different back in the 1930’s, even standing in the exact spots these pictures were taken. And if you go back to when these houses were first built, you would have to be in a boat to take these pictures because the river went all the way up to these houses.

It’s fairly simple to realize that we each see things differently, based on experiences and beliefs. It’s also easy to acknowledge that God sees things in a way we are not able to. Omnipresent means that God is not only everywhere at the same time but also everywhere at every time.

So when these houses were built, God knew they would eventually be painted different colors. OK, so maybe doesn’t mean much. But God knows what is on the other side of that painful experience we may be going through. And scripture says “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to God’s purpose.” (Rom 8:28)


Dreary Days

It was a dark and dreary day… At least that’s how the novel starts, right?

I got up early today to take my son Dan to the airport (he is headed home a day earlier than the rest of the family). The rain was pouring down. It stopped before I got back to the beach, but it was still very overcast when I headed out for a run. Heading back from the airport, I was listening to a couple of talks by Father Michael from a series called “Teach Us to Pray” based on the Lord’s Prayer. You can find it at https://heartoheartblog.org/

In Part 3, he talks about “Thy will be done” and what that really means. Namely, trusting God in all circumstances. In Part 4, he talks about “Give us this day our daily bread” and bread represents our daily needs. God provides for our needs (not our wants) and provides day by day – not necessarily in advance of the need. 

As I went for run, I was thinking about trusting in God, which seems pretty easy when everything is going smoothly in life. Which is most of the time. Despite a life of plenty, it is easy to want more. Like, wouldn’t it be nice to have a house on the beach?

Or as Mr A says, “Need it”

Much of the Part 4 talk was about addictions and whether things in our lives are serving God or self. And that is really what ties it together for me – trusting that God is supplying my needs which in turn are the things ultimately bring honor to God. 
(Below Added 7/9/16)

I was listening to song by Sidewalk Prophets and the words fit nicely with this reflection. 

“I want to live like that

And give it all I have

So that everything I say and do

Points to You”