September 26, 2018

Sunday was a strange day for me, mixed with a lot of different emotions. I woke up about 4:15 a.m. and couldn’t fall back to sleep. At 5:00 I decided I might as well get up and go for a hike up the mountain before church. With the sun rising a little later in the day as we head into fall, it was still dark when I hit the trail. When I was about a third of the way up the mountain the sun was just starting to come up and there was an amazing orange and purple glow on the horizon. It was so vibrant and I only had one thought, our God creates the most wonderful masterpieces we could ever see.

While enjoying the hike and then heading off to church, I also had the feeling of really missing my wife. If you didn’t know, my wife Mia is a worship leader and speaker and just began her fall tour with Aspire Women Events. She is going to be out of town every weekend until Thanksgiving, except Oct. 6th when my daughter gets married, and I was just struck Sunday by how much I missed her. On top of this, I could tell I was coming down with a cold and my sinuses were going a little crazy.

I spent a quiet afternoon and evening at home alone watching TV. For an introvert like me, this can be a true highlight. Later in the afternoon my daughter came home and then got all dressed up to head out to her bridal shower. Dads don’t have to go to these things, or at least I wasn’t invited to this one. But as she left my heart broke for my wife. Our only daughter was having her shower and my wife was in Colorado leading a women’s event. We know it is the calling she has right now, but it doesn’t make it any easier when you miss some of the big things.

From the beautiful sunrise to the bridal shower to not feeling well and missing my wife I remembered I need to count it all as pure joy. Romans 15:13 tells us, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” God promises to fill us with joy. We keep in mind that joy and happiness are not the same thing. We trust in the joy of knowing God is with us in the beautiful sunrises, when missing people, and in quiet times. Our joy is in Him, not in our circumstances. I pray you are able to live today with a joy that comes from our great God.

Mr. Robert Koehne
Executive Principal