Sunday, April 8, 2007

Overwhelming goodness...it's crazy wonderful.

Church
Thank you, Pastor Bob. It's fun to take note of the phrases he uses in sermons (like "crazy wonderful"). I have been overwhelmed by the Lord's goodness for about 2935 days now. This semester has seemed particularly difficult in working with girls on the wing, watching brothers and sisters in the Lord give in to sin, being confronted on my own sin, failing the Lord, and a myriad of other circumstances. Sin is gross and it messes us up! I ran into Siona in the caf one day early this semester and we exchanged the typical "how are you...good...how are you...good" conversation. As he hesitated in replying that he was doing "good," I asked, "Are you, really?" His response was, "You know what Kate? Even though crazy and hard things are happening in and around us, the Lord is still good. That makes me and everything else good." I think I just walked away from that moment stunned at his honesty and truth. Thanks, Ona. All this to say--since that 48.3-second conversation, I have been more aware of the Lord's goodness in this life.

Easter
Today is Easter. I heard the gospel message twice at church today(once in youth group and once in main service), and one of our high schoolers asked after youth group what the point of Jesus' resurrection is. She was having a hard time working through what that meant for her own life. I realized as she was asking this how much I take the resurrection for granted. Last night Summer and I were listening to How Deep the Father's Love for Us and pondering the different lyrics. That's the point of the resurrection. Because without the resurrection, we have no hope. Jesus merely died. "...and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins" (1 Corinthians 15:17). It was my sin that held Him there. It is wounds that mar the chosen One that bring many sons to glory. Charlie told us in youth group today that we get our English word for Easter from the Latin word for "east," which is the same word that means "rises" (for example, the sun rises in the east). How appropriate. How can we not see the Lord's overwhelming goodness in the resurrection of His Son?

Yosemite
We went to Yosemite Thursday to Saturday with the brothers.
Here we are right after the tunnel where everyone gets out to take pictures:
from left to right, bottom row: T-Bone, Monique, Summer
top row: Dave & Tricia, Bri, me, Robby, Christian


For those outside of the Master's bubble, Dave is our dorm's men's Resident Director, and Tricia is his lovely wife. They live in-between my and Robby's wings on 2nd floor. Summer is our women's RD who lives above Dave and Trish on 3rd floor. T-Bone and Monique are the Resident Assistants on 3rd floor, Robby and I on 2nd floor, and Bri and Christian are on 1st floor. Summer had the grand idea of going with the brothers to Yosemite to hike Half Dome, and this weekend was it! Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), the cables were down for the season, so we ended up hiking up but not all the way to Half Dome. This bridge is the farthest we went. Dave & Christian are about to toss the log over. Bri and I tossed a stick about the size of 1/2 our arm over to see how fast the river was going, but it immediately was sucked up into the water, never to be seen again. So as we were looking for something bigger, Christian joined the forces and found this dead tree lying on the ground. He and Dave were the only ones strong enough to lift it. It was pretty cool to watch it be tossed and turned down the falls.
My favorite memories besides the big hike on Good Friday was climbing lower Yosemite Falls and watching Christian and Robby pose at the top of the rocks as superheroes, playing Mafia after dark and just plain hanging out with everyone! God has granted us an awesome brother-sister team this year in His overwhelming goodness.

May you go today or tonight or this morning reflecting on the Lord's goodness--not only in the circumstances of your life--but also in the fact that He sent His Son to die for our sins and to raise on the third day, conquering eternal death and separation. On my behalf. On your behalf.

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