This Ripple is written by Samuel J. Blandina, the very first guy to join The Ripple Effect men’s group in back in 2012.
In mid January of 2019 I was privileged to drive solo through the southwest–southwest Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California—driving almost 10,000 miles in a month’s time, seeing and experiencing the vast, empty, mega awe inspiring geography of this amazing country.
In seeing this, thoughts of smallness, meaninglessness, “We are just dust in the wind” filled me. The scope of the land can make one feel small in comparison. At one point on Dog Canyon Trail in Big Bend National Park, stopping, there was no sound, no wind, no body. The land rose up in front of me, the sun shone down, it was warm. Time, everything stood still. It vividly felt as if time itself STOPPED. Breathing in and out, feeling the breath of God. I wept.
I saw and did so much in that time, but I would find myself saying, “Dude, you’re not being adventurous enough! You should have climbed that mountain instead of driving by it.” I was “shoulding” on myself. “I am not as brave as I think I am.” I was anxious! I had to pause to pray. In that quiet I hear: “When you stopped and prayed and wept you felt Me. Acknowledge Me in all things. No words need to pass your lips, let your heart and being know Me now and in all circumstances. This is prayer.” I wept.
Today’s society can drive one mad with electronic overstimulation, narcissism, consumerism, greed, envy, white noise, propaganda, the daily rat race. We see heroes in the great athletes, the mountain climber, extreme sports participants, etc. We think they are so brave! What great discipline! We are truly brave if we are willing to pursue God in all our being, every moment.
Oh to abandon, to give up the right to ourselves and bring that suffering to the One who suffered all and suffers with us, Jesus. This creates joy. Maybe not so much in us, but we overjoy Jesus when we abandon. “You will be raised up.”
Our life is prayer. And we pray in the name of Yahweh, Yeshua, and Emmanuel, that people, no matter their circumstances—economic, geographical, spiritual—that all would know Jesus as Savior, Master, Redeemer, liberating King, the Way, the Light, the Truth, AMEN.
Let us pray.