Last week, I looked at a facility where I might implement Streamside, and the sales agent was aghast that I would consider opening a restaurant-type venue without selling alcohol – “You can’t make money that way! Everyone knows that! Certainly not downtown – you’ll get eaten alive!”
As I think about promoting my new book very soon, it is easy to doubt: will it be ignored as unity has always been ignored?
Human doubt abounds.
But yesterday morning, I walked out back early in the morning, when it is God who whispers, not the enemy, and I looked east as I always do to spot the earliest tinges of dawn. There was only darkness, as summer wanes.
Just then a voice whispered, “Turn around.” There, bright as a spotlight was the full moon, just setting on the mountain peaks, colored flaming orange by the haze of distant forest fires. It was if dawn was rising in the west! Oh Lord, how beautiful you are in all your glory!
Then I was hit with a wonderful memory, the song “Turn Around, Look at Me” by the Lettermen, from way back in the 1960s. This was before I met Sue, and I was the nerdiest kid in school, wishing some girl at a school dance would turn around and look at me, the kind of longing only a teen can appreciate.
Then it hit me. What if Jesus feels this way about the one he intends to marry, his bride, the church? His bride cannot be divided. She must be one, and she is we! Jesus longs for us to be one!
There is someone walking behind you; turn around, look at me;
There is someone watching your footsteps; turn around, look at me!
There is someone, who really loves you; here’s my heart, in my hand!
There’s someone to love and guide you; turn around, look at me!
I’ve been waiting, but I’ll wait forever, for you to come to me!
Look at someone who really loves you; turn around, look at me!
Be nostalgic and enjoy the words to this song, and picture Jesus calling us as one person.