Love can take everything the world tells me about truth and spin it on its head. And on a day when the world is still rocking from an act of evil, when the world is reeling from a tragedy that rends—I arrive in the wide open land of the Huskers under the cover of night. I’m late, due to a flight delay and it has me off-kilter…behind again.
But the next morning when the sun comes up I see how love rebuilds this tired world. Over and over and over again. Because when a bunch of women (and a handful of men) dreamers gather under the Nebraska sky and under the umbrella of the greatest Love…I get a glimpse of eternity.
|There is one of our brave men–Marty Duane–squeezed in with Holly and Shelly. Just talking. Lots of sweet moments like these this weekend.|
|I. Love. This. Face. Kasey Bess getting ready to do the zip line. Yes, that ‘s right. I did it too! More on that later.|
|Speaking of zipling…that’s my roomie. Isn’t she beautiful? Girl is brave. Brave, I tell you.|
And as each speaker takes the mic, as they spill story and dream-words for all of us to receive—there is Jesus, his arms stretched wide. The way he holds them as they pour out their hearts, his scarlet robe wrapping their words in grace, this…this is gift.
|This wall-hanging was behind the speaker’s podium. Beautiful.|
|Do you see Jesus back there? Holding Lisa Jo as she speaks?|
|Love this moment between two of my favorite people. Deidra and Dan (the Dude).|
|It was windy. Is there a more beautiful person than Emily Wierenga? Inside and out.|
How the heavens must rejoice when we lift our voices together. How the dark stain of evil stamped on this good earth must fade ever so lightly. This—this is how we survive in a broken world, by lifting each other up—holding hands through the storms of life.
And the Truth that gives freedom shines so bright that shadow cannot overcome.
This is what happens when we dream together. It makes God smile.
*Over at The High Calling today, we are continuing our book club discussion on Ann Kroeker‘s Not so Fast. It’s the perfect book to read after Easter–a book to help us maintain the slowing down and focus on God. Charity Singleton-Craig writes today. Will you join us.
How do you embrace the God-joy? Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. Grab my button at the bottom of the page and join us: