Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Selah Yoga Retreat Part 3

Dawn in Idyllwild on 3/3 ( Doesn't the sky look like the ocean?)

     Hello beloved, if you haven't read the first two parts you may want to before reading further.
I previously mentioned that the Lord brought me to Idyllwild last week to minister to the women in attendance. He blessed me for my obedience in a triumphant way!

On Sunday morning March 3, I set my alarm for 6:00 am. I wanted to experience what I conjectured would be a stellar sunrise. While the other 18 women were still sleeping, I grabbed a mug of hot tea and a big blanket and moved with urgency to find the perfect view point by 6:12 am! I had my Iphone set to videotape the emerging orange glow of the sun. I was so focused at the event on my left as 6:12 am arrived. What happened next blew my socks off!

In my periphery I see something startling to my right. I say "Oh, my gosh"! Is that a..., Oh, my gosh, that's not a plane! That's a shooting star! I was literally standing at the crux of night and day and witnessed a magnificent gift! The star glistened downward and left a lingering  banner of silver glitter in the sky. I felt so privileged to have been there, alone. It was a meeting with the Creator of Heaven and Earth- and the Sun I was so intent on viewing. It's as if the Lord was telling me "You came here to see something magnificent, but I'm gonna give you something even better"!

The women and I  enjoyed our last Bible study soon after. The verse in focus was Ephesians 3:20; Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we ask or think. I shared my testimony with my fellow yogis; they were so thrilled for me. I exclaimed how the sky "looked like glitter"! They all laughed because after only knowing me 48 hours I clearly struck them as a "glittery" person. They nicknamed me "Glitter" thereafter.
My gift:a shooting star during sunrise

     During our last yoga practice that morning I had another Holy Yoga encounter. The last pose in a yoga flow class is Shavasana; this is a Sanskrit word meaning corpse. The idea is you lie flat and cool down for about five minutes. It's a time to  rest and receive the blessing of your effort (or the Holy Spirit). During this Shavasana; the song "Beautifully Made" by Leah Smith was playing (you must You Tube it immediately following this entry!). I had never heard it and its lyrics moved me to purifying gentle tears. Within seconds I began to sob like I hadn't all weekend. Remember the movie "Ghost"? I had a Whoopie Goldberg moment! For the first time in my life, I actually felt the love of Jesus- like a hug! First the shooting start and now this; I was so overwhelmed by His grace and love I couldn't help but cry tears of thankfulness.

I hope to be back in Idyllwild very soon! I implore you all to lean in to that still small voice of the Lord. He wants to reward His children!!!


  1. WOW it sounds like a wonderful trip that strengthened your body and connection to Christ. I am so happy you had such an amazing experience. I have been in the past one of those Christians that was skeptical of Yoga because I took a class once that was very self orientated and anti God. My cousin became a Christian and loves Yoga and insists they beautifully coexist. I am so happy to hear there is a Christian movement now! It would be SO AWESOME if you had your own studio someday!!!

    1. Thanks for reading! Yes, I'm also encouraged by this "movement" (pun intended)! Thanks for the encouraging words! Hope you are feeling good, congrats on your exciting news!