I am in sunny – and warm – southern California this weekend. I flew down here on Thursday to lead worship at a District Ladies’ Retreat. One of the bonuses for me is the chance to spend time – and room with – one of my very dearest friends (my friend, Mrs. B., from college days). When I left Portland last Thursday morning the skies were gray and cloudy. Raindrops began to gently splash on the windows of the plane as we waited to leave the terminal. Within minutes we were high above the clouds and, as always, I was amazed that the sun is always shining. Even when we can’t see it! Here’s what I saw outside my window.
Things began to change as we flew above the southern part of Oregon. It was obvious that the sunshine was reaching through the clouds below and creating ‘patches’ of sunshine.
Over an hour later I stepped off the plane, amazed at the warmth of the sun and the beauty of the blue skies. I knew it was going to be a good weekend and I was excited and ready to meet my dear friend a few minutes later. This was the weekend I had been waiting for – and preparing for!
The retreat is being held at a lovely hotel. Our accommodations are fantastic but dear to my heart are the relationships that are being renewed and formed. I’ve met three gals here who knew me in younger years and it’s wonderful to have a chance to catch up with each other. And, oh, the new friends I have found. Sisters in faith who are such a part of my life here. I can hardly believe this is real! Tomorrow at noon we will say goodbye and go our separate ways but we will never forget the friendships that began this weekend. And we will never forget the whispers of God to our hearts one weekend in September in this beautiful place.
I will return home Monday evening and there will be so much to share. My heart is full to overflowing. I am blessed. Truly blessed!