Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thoughts From The Whirlwind Past And The Storm A'Comin'

Well I've made it to Chicago and thus to Trinity. I just finished unpacking and I am destroyed after a couple weeks of living like the Energizer Bunny.

First, Russell and Molliann's wedding was beautiful. It honestly was unlike any wedding I have ever been a part of in terms of detail and number of people. I felt like I was part of a wedding week as opposed to just the rehearsal and wedding day--friends were coming in town all week, we had feast after feast, we all helped get everything together, and there was great fellowship with my boys. I have been thrilled for both Russell and Molliann for quite some time now as I have seen firsthand how they wonderfully compliment each other. As a result they have a healthy relationship that I firmly believe seeks to honor Christ. I have witnessed Russell grow more into the man God is making Him, which is such a joy for a friend to see in another friend. I have also seen Molliann develop such an intimacy with Jesus in such a short period of time as the Spirit has done such great work in her heart. Those two together make a great couple and I am so thrilled to have been part of God's joining them together in marriage.

This time Jimmy and Kelly read Scripture. It was the Scripture that Jimmy read which really touched my heart because of the glorious implications involved in such few verses. It is one of my favorite passages in all the Bible and I got to preach from it my last time speaking at Crusade. It is Philippians 2:1-11:
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

My eyes started tearing up at the part which says that God has highly exalted Christ's name above every name and that every single person everywhere will bow to Him one day, it doesn't matter if that person is a Christian or not. We will all humble ourselves before the King--it is just a matter of where we will actually be. I am filled with joy at the thought of worshiping Christ forever and it will be so wonderful to do so with my friends and loved ones, like Russell and Molliann. Congrats to you guys...

We danced the rest of the reception after they left and I got to say goodbyes to a lot of students I am close with. Some came over afterward for a little after party with one main topic of conversation being height. Bottom line, I would rather be 6'2" than 5'7" and there is no 6'2" guy who would rather be 5'7".

I went to bed late, got up early, and hit the road. 17 hours later I was in Chicago. The air was cool and crisp, the sky clear, just like it is right now as I type. The roads suck, but that's ok. The campus is much more beautiful than I remember it. Right now I am drinking from a fire hydrant and everything seems surreal. I have yet to rest, but covet the time I get to, which is hopefully tomorrow. But I am here. I am a Midwesterner now and will be adopted teams in this region as I have no real ties, except to the Gators of course and the Magic.

The first...THE CUBS!!! Oh I hope to go to Wrigley soon to catch a game.

Courses start on Wednesday. I have yet to hear from UPS. They jacked me up today, but that is another story.

I miss Florida and my peeps there, but I am ready to start afresh and anticipate a lot of fun in the coming weeks. Jesus is so good to me!

By His Grace.

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