About halfway through Genesis I decided I needed to do something to celebrate the completion of the book; something that would be fitting given what I read. I asked some people for suggestions and had some really creative responses.
But at the last minute, inspiration struck and I knew what I was going to do.
The building of altars is one of those hidden themes of Genesis. It never really gets top billing, but it happens all the time. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all build altars at places where God met them and did something significant.
So that is what I did today.
I walked around town to a few places that are very special and significant to me. These are places where “God showed up.” I brought along a pocket full of rocks and build a little altar at each place and prayed a prayer of thanks for what God did at that place.
Here they are:
- It is a historic house in Corvallis – built during the early part of the 20th century.
- I have lived there for six years, in four different rooms, and with nearly 20 different roommates.
- Several of the events of Exodus have happened in the house: flies, darkness, flood waters, and we’ll throw in rats and spiders for good measure.
This will be my last summer in the house. It is a little bittersweet to leave. I have so many memories and so many friendships from this house. I also can look back and see all the ways the good times and hard times have changed me in the years I have been here.
Pour one out for the VB House.
The Oregon State University Memorial UnionThe center of OSU’s campus has been the site of countless meetings, worship times, conversations, meals, and interactions in the time that I have been here. This is the hub. This is where InterVarsity has been hanging out for a long time.
God has done many things in me and through me in this building.
In the last year, running has become a much larger part of my life. In my training for the St. Louis Half Marathon, I ran out to this thing more times than I know.
Running became an analogy for so many things in my spiritual life. It has been something God has used to help me learn and help me grow.
Trevor and Chrissy’s House
Today was the first time in about 5 years that I had been here.
Trevor and Chrissy worked for InterVarsity at OSU when I showed up. It was a hard first year but they eased the pain with their wonderful hospitality. They would invite me over for dinner and a movie when I was prepared to sit around and do nothing with my no friends.
Never underestimate the power of simple hospitality. Never!
Those are my places of significance. What are some significant places in your life?