October 3rd: Capture {31 days of writing}


If you look at my 4-square grid above I think I did a pretty good job of capturing the trees outside my door in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

I could, and  you could too probably, pontificate and write about each season:

the lessons

the images they invoke


It is after all the encapsulating {meaning to capture} theme of this very series.

However, something that keeps getting impressed upon me is that if we really are “people of the way”, followers of the Great “I AM” then getting our hands  on, wrapping our minds around any one concrete thing;

be it God,








is simply a form.

It is a glimpse of glory.

As soon we try to capture it, snare it like a prize, to then feed ourselves- the glory fades.

This understanding sends Achieving and his wicked sister, Preforming, packing and out the door.

What woman would not love to kick out that uninvited guest?

“For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of the flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a far off country we have never yet visited” ~ C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Then, Reason and Logic instantly raise a polite but insistent hand:

“Excuse me, madam” it says, “then what pray tell, are we to do?  Float away on a warm fuzzy cloud all day?”

Fair question.

I headed a prayer vigil this March at our church. No one really attends activities centered solely on prayer, and so, getting there early I parked myself on the front altar, knelt down and prayed. I never looked up to see who attended for about an hour and a half.  I would not even let Tim tell me “who came, who did not”. Like King David taking the census, to see how capable Israel really was, I did not want to know. Not looking around counting heads an image came to me. It  has stayed with me for over six months:

A Song over us, and a River going through us.

That it is.

Attend to that.

Hear that barely audible song.

Feel that slight graze of living water inside of us.

Then you don’t have to get it all figured out, perform, or attend that next Christian conference, concentrating on self-help, with just enough Jesus and Bible verses peppered in so as to keep the Evangelicals coming and buying.

Hate to burst your bubble friend, but we will never capture IT?

What is the heart’s cry of what you need?

What is that deep pain that needs to be healed?

Unanswered question that keeps you all hours of the night?

It hurts like Hell, I know.

Get your hands off of capturing it, to placate self, and the ancient of Days with His life-giving water will carry you along on a good path singing a new song over you as He does.


Not in an instant, not in a day, a month, a year. Everyday He will simply be there besides you.

He captures you.







click here to read this series from the beginning

One thought on “October 3rd: Capture {31 days of writing}

  1. Good Lord (and He Is!) This is wonderful. refreshing adn washing over me like a warm bath of milk….
    Yes, its like death waning to see the wind, sick of seeing the leaves blow… But Im so encouraged by your words to keep holding on, one step/day at a time… Must become stronger at just Choosing to Believe..
    Must be content with the faint news from the land I’ve yet to visit as CS said.
    Thanks so much!


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