The Big Picture of God’s Story & Giveaway

In the beginning was…

The story

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It’s true. If you start with Christian (or Jewish or Muslim) history, “Genesis” even means ‘an origin, creation, or beginning’.

The Genesis of God’s story was creation.

But we can really sum up the entire Bible into one sentence.

What is the Bible about?

God rescuing His people.

A Father rescuing His children.

Pure and simple.

The BIG picture of the Bible isn’t about mighty men and women of God overcoming massive obstacles – although (with God’s strength) some of them do.

priscilla-du-preez-172593.jpgIt’s not about amazing historical (and miraculous) events – although there are many.

At the heart of the Bible – it’s all about RESCUE! Rescue and love!

As a Christian, this should encourage you (and me).

Even if this last year wasn’t a year of celebration, or amazing things, in the grand scheme of things, it’s another piece to God’s BIG puzzle of rescue. His giant story of finding His lost children and bringing them back home.

There’s a great deal of comfort in the truth that All things work together for them who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)

We see our lives like this:

We’re looking through the lens of a camera. All we can see is the small square of site through the lens.  And what we see may look like a barren, deserted, wasteland…

Until we step back from the lens and see the ‘big picture’ to realize we’re staring at a small piece of the Grand Canyon.

*I’ve included several examples of this concept in my pics for the post. If you only see a part of the picture, you’re interpretation is skewed – until you see the FULL picture. THEN you can understand how that small piece you saw through the lens, fits into the BIG picture

We only see a piece of our lives, but God sees the whole span of eternity.

And our rescue is a part of His Master plan.

Because He loves us THAT much.

I want to leave you with these FABULOUS verses from I Corinthians 13, as paraphrased from The Message.

12We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

 13But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

May you trust God to the Big Picture of your life and Rest in His LOVE.

For more on ‘beginnings and writing’, check out my post on The Writers Alley. It’s all about the ‘beginning of stories’.

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day5To continue with my love for England, I’m going to take you on our quick trip to Edinburgh.Oh my, this might have been our favorite part of our recent trip. I plan to take some time in the future to talk about other England adventures, but Edinburgh was amazing – a city that didn’t feel like a city.

But…to start, since it was Sunday, we worshipday5oped in a wonderfully historic (and evangelical) church called All Souls Langham Place.What a wonderful place to visit! Such a warm and friendly church where you could feel the welcome and community of faith. We witnessed a baptism, learned some new songs, and enjoyed a chat with another
visiting American family…and OF COURSE we got to spend time with our new friends Peter and Ilona.

Well, after church we picked up a quick lunch in Kings Cross station and then day5chopped on the train for our 4 hour ride to Edinburgh. It was such an enjoyable trip. On the way up, we all actually got to sit together in a four seat set with a table in between. The scenary was lovely – we saw the English coastline just
before we crossed over from England to Scotland. BEAUTIFUL.

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It’s around 5 by the time we get to Edinburgh, so we load up in a taxi, take our bags to our hotel, and walk directly to Arthur’s Seat. But on the way to the hotel, and looming directyl over the train station, is the amazing Edinburgh Castle. Oh my, day5djust turning around and seeing this medieval fortress towering above you is impressive enough, but knowing we were going to get to tour it made it even more exciting. Again…photos seem SO small!!

day5eArthur’s Seat is part of Holyrood Park – 360 acres attached to the Queen’s Scottish residence Holyrood Palace.  The hike is probably considered a moderate one, until you get near the top – which is more rigorous – but we didn’t get the opportunity to hike all the way to the ‘Seat’ because of the lateness of the hour. However, we hiked halfway and had an amazing view day5kof Edinburgh and even the North Sea.  Hailed as one of the possible sites for the legendary Camelot, it immediately becomes a place filled with stories waiting to be told (or that’s how it was for me anyway 😉

I’ve posted a few videos below so you can see our hike in real-timday5le 🙂 Lydia and I had lots of fun creating videos, so if you want to see more – we’ll have links at the end of the post.

After our little hike, we went to grab some DELICIOUS burger at Byron’s. Wow! Yum!! And the hot chocolate was stupendous. Our waiter, Ross, was wonderful – with the endearing mix of Scottish accent and dry humor. Definitely a future character in a book!! (well, his personality paired with a waiter we met the next day…adorable young men who need day5hto be in a book)

We then attended a free piano concert inside of St. Giles (the ‘home’ of Presbyterianism). I’ll tell you more about St. Giles in my next post because we actually toured it then, but needless to say, it has a lot of history and fantastic accoustics.

Photos truly do not do this city justice! Beautiful! and OLD!

 

Uk2K16 – Cambridge

day3So I’m back to give more account of our UK2k16 trip and day #3 was a beautiful tour of Cambridge. We stayed in a hotel that was near London Bridge, so we took the Tube at Monument each morning on the days we ventured out from London. It was a crowded ride during rush hour.

Cambridge was a beautiful city – small. After being in London the previous two days, Cambridge provided a nice reprieve for this country girl’s heart 🙂 It’s also safe to say that it had one of THE BEST bookstores EVER!

day3bAgain Peter and Ilona Greyline were the best hosts and guides. Peter took us to Magdalene College, just over the Cam River and across from the Pickerel. C.S. Lewis lived and taught here when he became the chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature there. He would live in Cambridge during the week and travel back to The Kilns on the weekend by train.

The dining room at Magdalene College is one of the few dining rooms left without electricity. Each night, a formal dinner is offered by candlelight. Absolutely stunning room.

Trinity College had a beautiful courtyard. A fountain stood in the center of the courtyard and our guide told us that day3eLord Byron, one of the graduates of Cambridge, used to skinny dip in it. Interesting… Not exactly what you’d expect to see in the posh surroundings. Notable other graduates who day3jwere more fully clothed, were people like Sir Isaac Newton, Lord Alfred Tennyson, King Edward VII, John Milton, and Francis Bacon (among many more)

King’s College was also here – and one of my husband’s favorite sites. The King’s College choir performs a Lesson in Carols every year. The inside is magnificent. We learned that there isn’t heat inside the chapel, so people would usually sit for the Christmas service with their coats wrapped tight.

So many of the flowers were in bloom, I couldn’t help taking pics of the scenary. Well, I couldn’t help taking pics of the scenary anyway. It was CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND.

day3iThis day was notable for another reason. We had our first taste of Fish and Chips. Ilona took us to this fabulous restaurant called Coast. Oh my goodness, the food was delicious and I can safely say that Ben and Lydia ate Fish & Chips for almost every meal after that introduction. By the way, lunch is a lot later in the UK than it is in the US. Typical eating time seemed to be 1:30 or 2pm.

After lunch we visited the wonderful Heffer’s Bookstore. This place was three stories of a reader/writer’s dream. Ben made is first day3kpurchases here (of the 13 books he bought on the trip). Even in the middle of the week, this place was crowded with #booknerds like us!!

The train took us back to London after this wonderful visit and we had just enough time to go to the Victoria and Albert Museum. I’d love to return to it some day when we have more time to peruse all of the history. Amazing costuming!

day3mThe day was full, but we were particularly glad to get back to the hotel for some rest (particularly Ben since he’d been toting around 5 books since we left Heffers)