Now that I have peaked your curiosity, read on to discover more about my week and the importance of contemplating potatoes!
This has been my first full week back in France. I have immediately gotten to work learning the systems at the Camp from accounting, to room assignment laws, to welcoming new Campers. It has been a full week. The first campers arrived today and I am cherishing the banter of children and adults enjoying themselves. We will run steady all of October.
God has answered so many prayers this week. I needed a screwdriver to hang my guitar up and after a 5 floor search, I managed to find one. Sometimes it really is the small things that make my day. Then, my apartment was getting a tad on the cool side. I am without a car at the moment so it is not like I can just run get a heater. I was somehow able to find a space heater that is just what I needed to keep the place warm. In a similar vein, I needed a microwave…primarily so I don’t set off the building’s hyper sensitive fire alarm system. Let’s just say, in one week, I am now an expert at stopping and resetting the alarm. It is worthy of a funniest video award. Then one of the guys showed up with a microwave for me. I tried to rent a car, but discovered I couldn’t even get to the rental car agency an hour away in Grenoble to pick it up. So I had to cancel it. After praying that night, one of my colleagues texted me the next morning that he left his car for me to use over the weekend to do whatever I needed and to get to church Sunday. That was huge. Then there are the potatoes. One morning this last week, I thought to myself “I really should have gotten potatoes when I went to the market over a week ago.” By noon, someone brought in and offered a bag of groceries that someone had left behind…that, of course, included a nice big bag of potatoes.
All this has had me thinking this week about how much God loves us; each and every one of us. We talk about God’s love for us all the time. But have you really thought about the magnitude of this? Seriously, here is the very Creator of the universe and everything in it with omnipotent power and majesty that so far surpasses what our finite minds can comprehend. The Bible in French has imagery that the very mountains “liquify” at the sound of His name. I envision those Alps out my window or the Tetons out yours simply melting in the presence of God’s glory. Melting! The thought of the sheer awesome nature of God brings me to my knees and to tears. Here is that same all powerful and magnificent God that chooses to love US and care for us… me included, even to the point of sending me potatoes when I longed for them.
I love the passage in Zephaniah (seen below) where God loves us so much He is singing over us! How amazing is God’s love for us, not just for the gift of Jesus at the cross, but for His unending love every day. Who am I that I should be loved in such a way? Yet His almighty embrace is real…every day…beyond anything we can comprehend. May you experience His incredible love as I have this week! As for me, I’ve got a whole big bag of potatoes to remind me of God’s love!