Dr. Kibble asked me if I would be willing to share a worship thought tomorrow on the bus. Here it is!
Yesterday I was talking to Dr. Kibble, and telling her about a couple of experiences that I had had during this trip.
I am not a scenery person. While Josh is trying to find the perfect filter to take pictures of the scenery, I jump off the bus, snap a shot, and am back on waiting for the signal to move on. There have been a couple of times during this trip, though, that the scenery--combined with music--has moved me very deeply.
A week from yesterday, when we were waiting to sing in the Lutheran church, Chaplain had us line up in the cemetery around the church, and he told us how all these Lutherans were Adventists, which is true. They are waiting for Jesus to come again. That image really touched me, especially when we sang Abide With Me.
I fear no foe, with Thee to bless; Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness. Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory? I triumph still, if thou abide with me.
As we sang a picture entered my mind--I saw our sleeping Lutheran brothers and sisters waiting safely for Jesus to wake them again.
The other piece of scenery was Friday night when we were driving to Tyrifjord for the first time. I had been listening to some orchestral hymns on my iPod, and suddenly realized that there was a something out the window behind me. I turned so I could see it better, and it immediately took my breath away. The Fjord was beyond anything I could imagine.
Then I began to pay attention to what was on my iPod again--and the hymn was Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus...
Look full in his wonderful face--and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.
It really confused me for a moment--This is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen--how can this become dim? But then it dawned on me: How much more beautiful is Christ's face and His character it they make the breathtakingly beautiful Norwegian Fjords look pale?
My challenge to you is to enjoy the scenery--but remember that its beauty pales in comparison to the face and character of Jesus Christ.
I'm a Classical musician, a growing Christian, and a world traveler. I'm learning, exploring, and trying to understand this wonderful world I live in.