Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Brent left a message for me this morning after they travelled back down out of the mountain villages in North Africa to the city. "It is truly, truly amazing being here" is how he phrased it. They have had opportunity to share the drama only a couple of times but to between 500-700 people. He says that they have been received well and that the Lord is truly working. They have had an excellent time of getting to know the people and says that their memorial service on the mountain where they spread BJ's ashes went well. There are some photographs to view at awestar.org, including one of the family together during the service.

One of the last chances I had to really visit with BJ was in the spring of '05 after I had returned from a month's "sabatical" in Stonington, Maine - or for me, as close to heaven as I have been geographically. He was looking through a compilation of photographs (I couldn't get enough) from my trip and true to form, he was much more interested in the people and the time I'd had in the village churches there than he was the scenery. It had been a wonderful trip, one in which I had expected to get lost in the scenery but found myself adopted by the people of the area and was blessed with wonderful fellowship there.

I shared one of my encounters there in which I was sharing a rocky ledge at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse with a very gracious professional photographer. We planted ourselves there to catch the lighthouse in the setting sun - I had arrived at the location first but he had set up at "the spot" to get the best shots. Fortunately he was willing to share his ledge. He carefully set up his box camera on its tripod, checked the light meter and waited for just the right moments to capture the glory unfolding in front of us. A few feet away I frantically fired off shot after shot afraid to miss even a moment. It wouldn't be much of an overstatement to say I fired a roll for each shot he took.

As I eventually drove away into the fading light I realized that what I had just experienced was representative of my life as it is and how it should be. Too often I am frantically moving about my day without really following a plan or appreciating its events. I imagine that this man not only got better photographs than I did but he also took the time to truly experience the sunset and its beauty. While I squinted through the viewfinder at what was laid out in front of me, framing and firing my shots, he calmly took in the bigger picture and left certain that he had finished his mission successfully.

I had seen the beauty and marvel of God's signature on another day, but had I really appreiciate it? had I truly experienced it?

Today try not to let the business of life get in the way of your actually experiencing the many things that fill it. We are surrounded by God's wonders but it is up to us to open our eyes and really see them.



At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be still and listen. That is almost unheard of in our American culture! Stop. Breath. and Pray. Experience the Lord's presence in every aspect of our day. We would be a better nation, a better people and better disciples of Christ. I'm giving it a GREAT effort today, especially. And I will give an effort everyday to be still for a bit of time and reflect and enjoy and count the many blessings.

At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your message today!

At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God that all is well with the team, that the scattering of the ashes went well, and that God is working wonders in that country through these wonderful people.

Yes, what a message today, Brad. We are always in a hurry and don't take the time to "stop and smell the roses" as they say. Rush, rush, rush....and for what? To collapse into bed to do it all over again? What a life we lead! One that God has NOT called us to. Thank you for reminding us to be calm, quiet, and peaceful...the only way we can hear God and truly enjoy life.

My prayer today is that we all slow down, Praise God in everything, and remember that we are here for a time, and that time is not be wasted on hurriedness.

God bless you all

In Christ's love

Linda Anderson

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Brad, you touched on a subject that is close to my own heart... seeing the beauty in each day. We are surrounded by God's masterpiece, in His creation. I remember when I arrived in the US how I was taken by the colours of Fall, and how beautiful they were. It was like God had painted each leaf just so I could experience His artwork, so to speak. Many times we see the beauty, but forget to stop and listen for His still voice...

Today Hollie returns home for 2 and a half weeks vacation as the school tries to sort out the formal complaint. Please keep this situation in your prayers, we only ask that the Lord would have His way and this time with Hollie would be such a blessing to all of us as I'm sure in my heart it will be.
We appreciate so much everything that the Higgins family and our blog family is doing and has done for the increase of His kingdom and for the prayers that are lifted to the throne room of grace.
All for your glory Lord, All for you Lord.

In His Name

At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I would die for you. BJ's song has power through Christ.
I was going through the new Mercy Me album. The song ( I would die for you )Is great worship. Learning about BJ it makes the lyricks very special.

Thank you BJ, to touch my heart and spirit.
Your brother in Christ,


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