My wife Gladys and I love collecting coffee mugs. We will cycle mugs in and out of our cupboards where you'll find Starbucks mugs from cities around the world that we've visited. We also have special mugs from local art fairs and some from Sam's Club that we were just attracted to. But, two that have a special and permanent spot are from Trinity Church in Lansing. They have the inscription "Awaken Me."
It seems to be the central theme at Trinity where we attend. Over scrambled eggs, a piece of unbuttered toast and a big cup of coffee, we talked about how God was "awakening" us.
I've been bugged by the reality of getting more and more firmly into the third act of my life. Plays usually have three acts and I'm into my last act. That's a cold reality that can give one pause for thought. But, as I get more and more firmly into these new parts of living, I'm firmly convinced of one thing. Whether my life ends today or tomorrow or ten years from now, I want to be a lifelong learner. There's something new that I can learn everyday. And there are things that I need to be reminded of.
This morning I learned about the half-pipe in snowboarding. Right now, it's the big rage in the Olympics in South Korea. What is it? I went to Wikipedia and quickly learned. I even discovered that snowboarding got started in Muskegon, Michigan. That's one item in the secular area.
In the spiritual realm, I re-read the story of the Exodus of the children of Egypt. Gladys and I are reading through it as part of a Lenten Bible study from hereadstruth.com and shereadstruth.com We are being reminded that God is there and bigger than anything and anybody else.
He brought hope then as he does now. It's real hope.