learning a new “song and dance” routine

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You..
 Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26:3-4
– during out trip to the mountains

Rebekah is home again after her long trek to Miami and back. Now that all the drama, and joy, and sadness, and rest, and travel of August is behind us maybe we can begin to catch a glimpse of what our new routines are going to look like.

It’s a lot like a new piece of music; you tune the instrument, learn the notes, begin to assemble the chords, try to match the words to the musical phrasings, listen to it being played by somebody else, tinker around with the structure until you find your rhythm, then adapt it to your own style and interpretation. And that is just for a solo piece – Rebekah and I have to work out how to play this new song together!

For me especially, there is a lot that has not changed. I am still writing for three different editors, as well as picking up the occasional freelance or consulting gig; I am still taking care of my parents, next door; I am still working on a couple of book-length projects.

Rebekah’s new life, then, has to slot in with mine. So I guess it’s more than a new song we’re playing, we’re going to have to learn how to dance too.

Divine Choreography:
– learning a new song and dance!

But this is more than a challenge, it is a beautiful opportunity. All through our life together (more than 42 years now), we have interfaced with the raw materials of amazing possibility. More often than not, we manage to gather our resources and – together with the help of God – create something beyond the limits of our biggest dreams.

Rebekah preached on this amazing truth at the beginning of August (I will paste in the complete scripture below): God – through Jesus – is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… (Ephesians 3:20). God – one translations paraphrases the idea – will constantly energize us.

Stay tuned to learn how all this plays out (I know I am interested to find out!) – DEREK

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen

Ephesians 3:14-21

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