“God, you are the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, for ever and ever”.
Exactly one year ago today, (well, give or take a week or two) I’m sitting out on my deck in my plastic Muskoka chair. Ian had just repainted the deck, a nice light blue, and now it’s all beautiful and new-looking. It all faces east, to get the morning sun.
I was sitting out there that morning, and the weather was perfect. Sunny, 22 degrees. I’ve got my paper, my coffee. There is the hummingbird feeder that Kimberley put up. Two hummingbirds were buzzing around competing for first rights to it.
The two robins, who have built their nest right above our front door, which apparently is good luck, are hopping around on the grass, looking for breakfast. The air smelled sweet and clean, like blossoms and growth. A few wasps were out, enjoying the sun as much as I was. They didn’t bother me at all. They were doing their thing, I was doing mine, live and let live.
Sitting there, I was surrounded by goodness and peace and a sense of well being. It was as if God said “Here, here’s a little piece of heaven, go ahead, take it. Bask in it, just to tide you over until you get here for good”.
And then I open up the newspaper and I’m hit by a very different reality. Lots of sad things, like crime. Like another shooting in the States. Like political division, and corruption at FIFA. There were articles about baseball players making 12 million dollars a year who get so much more attention from us than the hundreds of thousands of refugees worldwide.
“The Avengers brings in close to 500 million dollars at the box office. All time high.” Next section, almost as though the two belong together: “Homelessness in Canada looms larger than ever”.
A hummingbird buzzed my head, the sweet scent of spring and cut grass and blossoms pouring down over me like a massage from the hands of God himself.
And then, I heard God’s voice, speaking to me. I didn’t hear it so much with my ears, but more with my heart. God says to me “Are you enjoying this?” “Yeah, this is great. Sunshine, robins and cardinals and warm sun.”
“Good”, said God. “Because, that’s what I am. I am a God who loves you and desires for you goodness and warmth. I am the source of all goodness.” “I know”, I said back. “I’ve known that for awhile. Believe me, I’m thankful for that”. “I know you are” said God.
“Oh, and God”, I said “I know what you’re going to say next, so, don’t even bother.” “Oh yeah?”, God said. “What am I gonna say?”
“You’re gonna say ‘this warmth, this goodness, whatever beauty you have in your life, it is meant to be shared’. That’s what you’re gonna say. ‘Take all of this beauty out to the streets. After all, that is what Jesus did. And you, as a follower. . . . .’
I knew God was going to say that, because that’s pretty much a cornerstone of Biblical teaching. As I have blessed you, now you go, and be a blessing to others.
“You could bring a little piece of heaven into someone’s life today. You could choose to do that. My kingdom can come, today, to the earth. To the earth, just as is it in heaven. Through my living Spirit, and, through your hands, we’ll be partners, OK? We’ll work together, you and I”.
That’s what God said to me, that day, sitting out there with the sunshine and robins and sweet blossoms.
Partners, eh? I didn’t have to ask how that worked. I already knew. As do you.
Anytime caring happens, instead of self-absorption, the Kingdom comes. Anytime sharing, instead of greed. Anytime forgiveness happens, where people finally reconcile after years of estrangement, there is the Kingdom.
This is the power, and the glory, forever and ever. AMEN