The Talent……The Vision……of Children.

I am amazed by the work of the children who displayed at our most recent Art Show which is a series of photographs dedicated to the Chula Vista Centennial.  The children took photos of their favorite Chula Vista scenes.  I loved the scenery shots, the playground shots, the shots of nature and animals, the abstract photos, the water photos!

The show on Saturday was fun and lots of people turned out…..even though it was a cool and blustery day!

I loved how everyone took their time to thoughtfully consider their choice for best photos (after they voted for their child of course!)  It was fun to meet the extended family since the students invited their grandparents, their aunties and uncles and cousins!

The ballots have been tallied.  I will wait to share the results until they are publicly announced but there is so much excellent work hanging in the gallery, that it is impossible to choose the best among them.  Some of this work looks like it belongs in magazines! Imagine 2, 3, 4 and 5 year olds rivaling the best photographers for capturing a particular subject!?

I especially love what can happen when you teach a child how to use some equipment (like a camera) and let them know that their vision is valued, important….and ultimately beautiful!

Here are some samples:

So excited for Vision Sunday.

I am so excited about Vision Sunday this Sunday……..and an opportunity to really take in what God has been doing this our FIRST year at Concordia Windingwalk. I can’t believe it has been one year that we began worship.  I can’t believe that just a few years ago the idea of this new mission was not even on the radar…..or that it could be possible…..or that it would become a reality….or that we would be impacting this new community for Jesus!  We didn’t know it…..but God did and He has brought us along on this amazing journey into uncharted territory.

Isn’t it just like Him to use this small little community of 100 families at Concordia to take on this HUGE task to be light in this new community. It should have been impossible to do.  It was impossible if we only had US to depend upon.  But I have come to see that we had very little to do with it actually!  Our small offerings however,  have been used and multiplied by our big and mighty God.

I am excited to hear Pastor talk about where God has brought us and what He has asked us to be and do in this new community.

Everytime I get to greet a new person…..and there have been hundreds of them visiting us at Concordia this first year……I am reminded of what a privilege it is to be in this place and that it is EXACTLY where He wants us to be….where He wants me to be.  Thrilling alright.

I was reminded of the thrilling and unexpected joy of being part of the journey of others who are taking their first steps toward God.  Thrilling because it is a deep awareness of God working in their lives to bring them to these first steps….of His working in the world!  I was reminded of this on Tuesday evening during the women’s home group at my house where we were delving into a study of kindness (part 2) and in introducing the Good Samaritan story, I prefaced it by saying that we were going to look into the “well known” story of the Good Samaritan.  We read it and one of the gals in my study was very thoughtful after hearing the story and taking it all in she said, “Wow, I haven’t ever heard this story before!”   I so often revert to life in the bubble and forget that being near God’s work means you are in wild territory where He shows you new and fresh things.  I reminded myself……”don’t sit back but rather sit on the edge of your seat…..and hold on!”

Love it.

Love being a part of this new mission launch.

Love being asked by God to be a part of His work in this community.

Love how He surprises me.

My prayer?  To be more aware. To live more expectantly.

I am ready for Sunday…..I know it is going to be goosebump time!