Cherries. Red, yellow, pink. Still hanging on the stem. Hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions! Like children turned loose in a playground, our eyes filled with wonderment, we step into the white-canopy-covered orchard. Straw crunching underfoot, a voice echoes,
“You can eat all you like for as long as we are here,” our tour guide informs us, “You just can’t carry any onto the coach.”
It is early July, 2013, as my husband and I, joined by my mother-in-law, begin stuffing our mouths full of sweet juicy cherries. I quickly forget the disappointment of picking fresh strawberries – that field was over-picked.
“This is so much more fun!” I exclaim. “We can pick strawberries back home in Nova Scotia. I’ve never seen a cherry orchard like this!”
Indeed, Hokkaido has a similar climate but wandering through a Japanese orchard ingesting cherries as fast as I can pick them is a unique experience. Giddy, savoring each variety, time stands still. Satiated, I slowly return to the bus.
Gathered with fellow believers in Christ, pen in hand, friends surrounding me, I wait expectantly. Our hearts and souls prepared through worship, the visiting speaker begins. An avid notetaker, I silently lay down my pen after only five minutes. He had called it “Saturation Supremacy” for good reason!
“The Christ Institute”, led by renowned author and speaker David Bryant, was held recently at Stoneridge. Attendees from the Maritime provinces, representing several different churches and Christian ministries, joined together for a power-point-based presentation on the doctrines of Christ in the Scriptures.
“How was the conference?” my husband asks.
“What is one take-away you learned?” inquire others.
I feel so saturated with the inexhaustible truths of Christ I find it difficult to answer. I guess that’s just it – I am overwhelmed as we were taught who Christ is TO us, FOR us, OVER us, BEFORE us, WITHIN us, THROUGH us, and UPON us…right NOW! I am challenged to be more intentional about ensuring my conversation is more focused on Him. I am motivated to seek a deeper intimacy with Christ so I can share Him more effectively with others.
A listening tour…in my church…during small group Bible study…talking with Christian friends…interacting with my family. I’ve decided to take up this practical suggestion of Mr. Bryant’s and discover how much time is actually spent on discussing things pertaining to Christ. Not to be critical or judgmental, but with an attitude of humility so Christ becomes a more natural focus in my everyday experience.
“It should always feel to us as if Christ just died for us a moment ago.” This statement really stayed with me after the conference. I intend to place it on my fridge, mirror, and in the flyleaf of my Bible. As I continue to repeat it daily, I want to see how it will impact my relationship with Christ.
Satiated? Yes. “You have been given fullness in Christ.” (Colossians 2:10, NIV)
Saturated? Day-by-day. “And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.” (Colossians 1:28, NASB)
Colossians 1:15-17, “He is the image of the invisible God…all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things…in Him all things hold together.” (NIV)
Until next time,