Handling Holy

I was on the gondola with a couple from out of town.  We saw a rainbow and they thought it was beautiful.  I, however, began telling them about the many rainbow experiences that we have in our box canyon.  They interrupted my wisdom by saying, “Yes, but we are above the rainbow…”  

I forgot how amazing that is.

I was driving to a friend’s home the other day when an eagle flew out in front of my jeep.  I almost hit it and the first thing that came to my mind was wonder…  I wonder if my insurance covers an accident involving our nation’s symbol for freedom.

I forgot how amazing that is.

My youngest son was crying and we couldn’t make him stop.  My middle son went over and got obnoxious and loud.  Daniel started laughing.

I forgot how amazing that is.

Bears in my backyard.  Snow on the mountains.  Airplanes fly.  Internet.  The Bible is free.  My nephew wants to hold me.  The sun rose this morning.  Education.  Forgiveness.  A newborn baby.

A relationship with Jesus changes the life of a struggling mother, or a husband in prison, or a child with cancer…

I forgot how amazing that is.

I wanted to write today about the danger of becoming so close to the holy that we forget it is holy.  But I don’t think that is the problem.  I do not think we forget – I think we ignore.

I wonder how different life would be if I chose to say “thank You” when something holy came into view.  If I turned off my phone for an hour so I could watch my kids jump.  If I took a day off and listened to the water in the ocean.  If I practiced silence, or thankfulness, or joy, or loving my neighbor…

Some disciples of Jesus were walking to Emmaus when Jesus surprised them (because He was alive and they didn’t thik that was supposed to be able to happen).  The risen Messiah next to them but they were so obsessed with their own fear and pain that they chose to ignore God  (Luke 24:13).  Will they say the same thing of me?

Not today.  Today they will say, “He remembered how amazing that is.”

Jesus, let me handle holy in a whole new way today.  Amen


  1. Thanks Tree! Needed this Today & EveryDay! Jacob is weathering the storm and His Rainbow will Soon be upon us!

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