An Invitation from Heaven

Heavenly Initation

The sun breaking through storm clouds at Yosemite National Park

In the final summation of life, there is only one true blessing, also only one horrible tragedy. The blessing is eating at the great banquet with God, the tragedy is choosing anything else. Both of these final outcomes transform all that has happened to us. For those who choose to trust in God, all life’s happenings (including tragedies) will become blessings that brought us to sit at His table. We will look back and see how God used all to lead us to Himself. On the opposite side all the events of life (including what we thought of as good) become tragic if we allowed them to lead us away from God.

Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God. (Read Luke 14:15-24 for the entire parable)

Jesus tells us in this parable of invited guests, who had good things happen that kept them from attending the banquet. So the poor, crippled, blind and lame were brought into the the great feast. Those who let other things interfere were excluded. Blessings become tragedies and tragedies become blessings.

Trust the Lord in all things, and He will make them a blessed invitation to sit with Him.

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

There are times in life that it hurts as we are get thrown around by tragedy and various trials. Hardly the the life we envisioned in our walk with Jesus. Hitting upon rocks as we hurtle out of control, not understanding the whys. All we can do is trust that God knows our way and in the end will make something beautiful.

Jesus proclaimed that He was the fulfillment of this prophecy (Isaiah 61).

“…to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.”

The surprising beauty God brings out of water thrown against rock.

Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite

Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite