Thursday, August 29, 2013

Keeping my Eyes Open

My small group meets every other Tuesday night, beginning in the fall. We take a break during summer.

I had received some communication about our next book study. In that message, I was sure I saw 8/27 as our next meeting date. So, I drove to my friend’s house for the 7 PM meeting. Why were there no cars in her driveway? Because there was no meeting that night. We’re starting back in September.

So what was I doing there? I need to stop asking such questions. One of our group had dropped by and was sitting in the back yard. I joined her and another lady arrived also. So, a small version of our small group gathered around a backyard pool, took off our shoes and dangled our feet in the pool water. Nice on a warm summer day.

As we hadn’t seen each other for a while and as each of us had moved into major life events, we had a lot to talk about. It was just a nice friendly get-together of friends, cooling their toes.
Then, about 8:15, I rose to drive home. We all said good bye and my friend reminded me of the next meeting.

“Got it,” I assured her.

And so, I drove home, headed north along a country road. To my right, the tall corn waved in a light breeze. On my left, the sun was sinking in the west. It was a hot day, summer sunset….blazing gold in the west. I glanced at the sun. I turned my head to look at the corn. It was glowing in golden glory. Beautiful.

Then, I flipped on the radio and guess what? Mercy Me: I can only imagine, a meditation on heaven. For now it’s faith. Someday, faith will be light. Maybe golden light.

"I Can Only Imagine"
I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By your side

I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When your face
Is before me
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

I can only imagine
When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing in the Son

I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine


  1. Yesterday swimming with Hannah's children in the lake I looked quickly to the west and thought I saw that familiar front crawl coming down his "lane" along the piers from Bolinger's Cottage, to my house. Michael, coming to visit. My heart sank when it was just a wave. This evening as I checked facebook and saw his picture, my heart hurt so bad, I couldn't breathe. I will grow accustomed to his absence, but I will never stop missing him. I love you Michael.

  2. What a great way to end our time together, Lynne! I love how God s taking such good care of you and showing His amazing love for you in the sweetest of ways. See ya Sept

  3. Prayer is permitting God to love us....How like Jesus to remind you of His love by placing a song on the radio just as you turned it on! He loves you dearly Lynne and decided to remind you that He is Emmanuel.....present with you....right beside you and will carry you through the hard times. Thanks for sharing big sister! XXOO