It seems that going back to church is a little more of a challenge than first thought, which makes me wonder about the whole Sunday gathering, once a week deal. I realize that I once was involved in organizing such weekly events, whether they were on Sunday or not, but I think what kept me going in Vancouver was the ongoing almost daily encounters with the friends that made up that church. I am starting to wonder whether I am ready to push out into a large group at this time. In fact the past 3 weekends, Anna, the boys and I have been venturing out into nature and I think I felt closer to God in this way for the first time in my life.
After spending back to back weekends at Goldstream watching the Salmon run, we drove up Saturday to the site of the future Kinloch Cabin at Lake Shawnigan to show the boys the large machines and grab some stuff of our own from the garage. The boys played in the rain with their toy trucks around the large parked real mighty machines and it was quite a beautiful scene. Then Sunday we went to a friends place in North Saanich and then spent the rest of the day having a nice lunch and exploring the Sidney Aquarium.
I am enjoying the weekends out with my family and I am finding it quite restful and powerful in many ways. It has been a bit of a struggle making the change to Victoria, mainly due to missing our friends a great deal, but it is quite amazing how much more we are getting out into nature than we did previously. It is this encounter with nature that is stimulating a God sense that I never really explored before and it is quite nice.
Maybe the larger group is not what is going to move me along this God-journey, but the power of nature and some encounters with close friends.
For now I am going to keep exploring the nature around us and keep my ears and eyes open to some powerful encounters.