Last week Joni and I had an opportunity for a little vacation, a road trip and a few days away to ourselves.
Given the ridges and pass between here and Seattle that kill most radio station frequencies, I was digging around for some music CDs to take along on the trip.
In the process, I found a cache of musical memories in the form of some CD's we purchased 10 years ago while we were living in Hungary. They were CDs that I hadn't located in a long time and thought maybe they were lost in transition between life over there and live here in the States.
Anyway, I was tickled to find them and even more to give them a spin on our journey. They brought back memories of work that God was doing in our lives at the time and mountain top experiences He provided during 1997 and '98.
It was a time of spiritual and numerical growth in the congregation in Budapest. It was also a time of "God-incidences" in just being in the right place at the right time to experience a missionary conference in Greece and an opportunity in Budapest to meet and hear Pastor Paul Yonggi Cho, who pioneered a small group ministry in South Korea.
As we listened to the words from one of the songs, "pouring over me, abounding grace and mercy," I thought of God's mercy in our lives today, those "God-incidences" in allowing us to serve him in so many ways.
It's a different time, a different part of the world, than 10 years ago, but the song reminded me that the same God then is here today. Just as He was-and is-at work there in Budapest, He is surely at work here in the Lower Valley.
I'm not sure when Joni and I will take another long road trip, but even on short trips around town I'm wearing out that CD as I get reacquainted with the music and memories it offers.