Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lofts and Decks

A loft is a room or space directly under the roof of a house or other building, which may be used for accommodations or storage. That's the definition provided by the software dictionary on my computer. It seems an appropriate word to use in the title of this new blog.

You see, my former blog was titled Views from the Deck and was written from the house God gave us on a lakefront in Maine. My Honey and I enjoyed the deck there from early spring into late fall. It was as if we received a gift of an extra living space for eight months each year. The views we took in from that lovely deck were always inspiring, bringing lots to contemplate . . . sort of like catching glimpses of the hand of God. Surely you know what I mean.

There are the sunny, halcyon days when the surface of Loon Pond is like a mirror; reflecting the sky and the landscape as a testimony to the beauty and perfection of God. Stormy weather sweeps across the lake like a conquering army; expressing the power and purpose of God.  The sunsets may be the most overwhelming; exploding with the majesty and glory of God's creation at the close of a day. Yes, there's always much to ponder from the Loon Pond deck.

However, in the fall of 2011 (just barely a month ago) that beautiful, perfect, powerful, purposeful, majestic and glorious God called us to leave our American deck and move to Europe. We arrived in Prague, the capitol of the Czech Republic, barely a week ago. Our days are unfolding and we're making our way according to His plan. We're applying for visas and doing our best to establish a home that will reflect and honor the God we love and serve.

One of the ways Jehovah-jireh has blessed us is with a space of our own. It is indeed directly under the roof of a building and it will be accommodations for us as well as others He may bring to our door. Yes, it's a loft. When we move in we'll be on the fifth floor and have a lovely view of the courtyard. A very special aspect of this provision is that our windows will face west. Our loving Father has moved us thousands of miles and chosen to continue to provide us with spectacular sunsets - ongoing reminders of His amazing and awesome grace. Hallelujah!

There's no doubt that our days will be filled with adventures rich in challenges and accomplishments. I'll chronicle the mundane as well as the momentous events that unfold in my life and the world around me. I'll do my best to run the race marked out for me with perseverance and keep my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-3