There is an old story about a very wealthy man who died and went to heaven. An angel guided him on a tour of the celestial city. He came to a magnificent home. “Who lives there?” asked the wealthy man. “Oh,” the angel answered, “on earth he was your gardener.” The rich man got excited. If this was the way gardeners live, just think of the kind of mansion in which he would spend eternity.
They came to an even more magnificent abode. “Whose is this?” asked the rich man almost overwhelmed. The angel answered, “She spent her life as a missionary.” The rich man was really getting excited now.
Finally they came to a tiny shack with no window and only a piece of cloth for a door. It was the most modest home the rich man had ever seen. “This is your home,” said the angel. The wealthy man was flabbergasted. “I don’t understand. The other homes were so beautiful. Why is my home so tiny?” The angel smiled sadly, “I’m sorry,” he said, “We did all we could with what you sent us to work with.”
What we send back to our Lord is described in our Savior’s counsel in Luke 11:33-36: “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.
And when we fill ourselves with Christ’s light, we are like these windmills that stand tall and generate great power. Then the Spirit of God gently supports us… just as the quiet winds of nature turn these wind turbines to generate electricity.
Through our submission to God’s will, we share His strength and peace; we energize those whose life travels meet ours on our mutual journey in this life. Indeed, we serve and live with our Lord in His precious Kingdom… now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
[Photos from Fr. George’s trip to Eastern Europe taken in August, 2018.]