2 August 2017

Shane McCarthyI remember one night a few years back when I was running a youth group and we were on a camp for the weekend at the Sunshine Coast. A couple of my young leaders were in charge of the night and they took us out to the beach. This was around 8.00 pm. We sat down in the dunes in a pretty secluded part of the beach. The leaders asked us to just sit quietly and using our senses to absorb our surroundings.

I remember feeling the soft sand under me that slid and moved when I did forming a natural depression for me to sit in. I remember the cool breeze that whipped past me carrying the salty fragrance of the ocean with it. After my eyes had adjusted to the darkness I remember looking out over the ocean that was lit by a gentle moon that reflected off the white caps of the waves and lit up the clouds in the sky. Finally I remembered the pulsing sound of the ebb and flow of the waves as they crashed upon the shore and then raced back out to sea.

In that setting the leaders then quietly read some passages from the Bible that spoke of the wonder of God and of His creation. It was a very powerful and poignant moment for me. To take that time in the midst of the busyness of life and to stop and reflect on the wonder around me and to be reminded how awesome God is.

When we stop and look around us there is wonder to be found everywhere, even in the most unlikely places. When we see a summer storm do we just see the wind, rain and lightning or do we see the awesome power and the dazzling brilliance of lightning over the city. When you look in the mirror do you see all the flaws, the wrinkles, the love handles or do see the wonder of a person who was created in the image of God. A person who is intelligent, creative, able to move and breathe and do amazing things? A person who can love and be loved, who can laugh and cry and hope and dream? Sometimes it is all about the lens that we view things through. Looking through one lens our children can be frustrating and disrespectful and tiring. Through another lens they are growing and experimenting and becoming amazing people.

Why not take a little time and have a look around your life and try and see the wonder. That might mean that you also need to check what lens you are viewing the world through and be aware of the impact that it can have on the truth about what we are seeing.

As the College Chaplain, my role is to support and serve all the members of the college community. So if I can be of assistance to you or your family or if you ever wish to give me any comments or feedback on these ‘Chaplain’s Corner’ articles then please email me on: mccarthys@mbbc.qld.edu.au

Shane McCarthy
College Chaplain

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