We have arrived in Big Sky and are enjoying this view (right) from our back porch. There is a stream flowing just behind our condo and Lone Mountain (above) towers over the landscape just to the west.
John Owen has already guided me into the theme of this week away. He writes this in the opening chapter of Communion with the Triune God:
“The outward appearance and condition of Christians in the days of the apostles was very lowly and contemptible—their leaders being accounted as the filth of the world and as the refuse of all things. The idea of inviting unbelievers into fellowship with them for a participation in the precious things they enjoyed seemed to be open to many contrary reasonings and objections: ‘What benefit is there in communion with Christians?! Is there anything there but to share in troubles, reproaches, scorns, and all manner of evils?!’ To prevent or remove these and other similar objections, the apostle John reminds the believers to whom he wrote…that despite all the hardships that their fellowship endures, from a world perspective, yet the truth was that their fellowship was very honorable, glorious, and desirable. For ‘truly,’ says John, ‘our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ’ (1 John 1:3).”
In other words, no matter what worries, no matter what concerns, no matter what difficulties, no matter what trouble, no matter what tiring work, no matter what stress, no matter what trials, no matter what ordeals we face, this remains true, outweighing and overwhelming all other concerns: “Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” I am thrilled to have 6 days to enjoy my family and close friends and, above all, to enjoy uninterrupted fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.