Back and Gone Again

Sara and I just finished one of our best vacations ever, enjoying the island of Hawaii with our daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren. We spent a lot of time just to rest, refresh and recreate together. We enjoyed hanging out with the family and playing with the grandgirls while we snorkeled, played on the beach, read and ate. It was fabulous. And while we were there I got to experience two of the most awe-inspiring moments of my life in God’s creation.

One evening my daughter, son-in-law and I went snorkeling in Keahou Bay with 12-14 foot-long manta rays. We held onto a bar that projected lights into the ocean, which drew plankton. The plankton were like a buffet line for the manta rays as they came to feed. We were out there for over an hour as these gentle giants would glide through the ocean, curving, swerving and flipping over right next to us. They would approach with their huge mouths extended to sweep in the plankton and then curve right along your chest, at times even bumping into us. It was breath-taking to be so close to something so large and so wild.

On another night Sara and I took a light plane flight over to the volcanic region of the island. It turned out to be what the pilot called his best flight ever. We looked down the throat of the caldera, to three hundred feet below the surface, to molten magma bubbling and spewing up from the earth’s core. Then a few miles later we found a break out in the lava tube that spilled lava down the hillside in rivers of fire. We circled it for a long time and watched the newest land on earth being created.

But now we’re back home, at least for a few days. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our office being closed the last couple of weeks, but we are catching up. And, since Brad is in Nashville Sara joined me for the next podcast, which will air this Friday. Also, Forbes finally did the article about THE SHACK, though its focus was more than disappointing.

On Thursday, I’m off to Tulsa and Edmund, OK to see what God has in mind with believers there. I’m teaching at a Because of Jesus Fearless conference Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma, a fellowship in Tulsa Sunday morning and a Livin’ Loved conference in Edmund on Monday and Tuesday nights. (You can use this link, but you need to type in ‘waynejacobsen’ for the password.) After that it is on to Oregon, Colorado and Michigan in July and possibly Toronto and Maine in August.

And somewhere through all of that I hope to get some more writing done.

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  1. John June 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Wayne,

    Wish I’d been there. The reason for wroting: I was amazed to find Australias largest retail chain selling “The Shack”! I’ve bought a few as gifts.

  2. John June 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Wayne,

    Wish I’d been there. The reason for wroting: I was amazed to find Australias largest retail chain selling “The Shack”! I’ve bought a few as gifts.

  3. Fran June 9, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    My husband is so excited at your photo of the manta ray. They are hollow. They fly. So pretty!

    Hope to see you in Oregon.

  4. Fran June 9, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    My husband is so excited at your photo of the manta ray. They are hollow. They fly. So pretty!

    Hope to see you in Oregon.

  5. Abigail June 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Beautiful photos! Sounds like an awe-inspiring trip.

    Just read the Forbes article and I wasn’t surprised at all by the focus – actually, I thought it was really cool that they did a piece on TS and I do think Papa will definitely use that to bring in even more readers and bring about more healing in this world. Yea, Papa!

    Wayne, hope your upcoming travels are fun!

  6. Abigail June 10, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Beautiful photos! Sounds like an awe-inspiring trip.

    Just read the Forbes article and I wasn’t surprised at all by the focus – actually, I thought it was really cool that they did a piece on TS and I do think Papa will definitely use that to bring in even more readers and bring about more healing in this world. Yea, Papa!

    Wayne, hope your upcoming travels are fun!

  7. pam June 10, 2009 at 5:33 am

    Well, Forbes would like the rags to riches fairy tale, and they would think that’s what you all were after. We all know it wasn’t about success and money. 🙂

    Shalom!

  8. pam June 10, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Well, Forbes would like the rags to riches fairy tale, and they would think that’s what you all were after. We all know it wasn’t about success and money. 🙂

    Shalom!

  9. Richard June 10, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Wonderful hearing about your trip with the family, so cool.
    Just wondering where in Toronto you will be coming to Wayne?

    Rich/Margi

  10. Richard June 10, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Wonderful hearing about your trip with the family, so cool.
    Just wondering where in Toronto you will be coming to Wayne?

    Rich/Margi

  11. Theresa June 13, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    And speaking of The Shack… We just returned from three weeks in Ohio’s Amish country where we were volunteering at a summer camp.

    One of the last nights there, I met three sisters who were Mennonite. They had such a sweet spirit. As the converstion developed, The Shack came up. The one sister had all ready read it and the other was halfway through it.

    Oh! I wish you guys could have seen their faces as they talked about their new discovery of grace. (“It’s all about performance,” one of them said of their strict religious upbringing.)

    It was such a lovely thing to see the work of Grace unfolding. Such wonderful memories I will hold of that special time.

    And that Forbes piece….I know that must have been disappointing but I couldn’t help but wonder over how Father can use that to reach an unlikely audience.

  12. Theresa June 13, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    And speaking of The Shack… We just returned from three weeks in Ohio’s Amish country where we were volunteering at a summer camp.

    One of the last nights there, I met three sisters who were Mennonite. They had such a sweet spirit. As the converstion developed, The Shack came up. The one sister had all ready read it and the other was halfway through it.

    Oh! I wish you guys could have seen their faces as they talked about their new discovery of grace. (“It’s all about performance,” one of them said of their strict religious upbringing.)

    It was such a lovely thing to see the work of Grace unfolding. Such wonderful memories I will hold of that special time.

    And that Forbes piece….I know that must have been disappointing but I couldn’t help but wonder over how Father can use that to reach an unlikely audience.

  13. Neil & Johanna Rensen June 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Toronto, eh?
    When, eh?
    Ha,ha!
    I would love to connect with you folks again (since our time in Stratford)
    I’ve got friends from Spain coming the first week of August who have really enjoyed your podcasts and materials.
    If dates and places firm up, send us an email.

  14. Neil & Johanna Rensen June 20, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Toronto, eh?
    When, eh?
    Ha,ha!
    I would love to connect with you folks again (since our time in Stratford)
    I’ve got friends from Spain coming the first week of August who have really enjoyed your podcasts and materials.
    If dates and places firm up, send us an email.

  15. Wayne June 20, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Don’t worry. We’ll let folks know who have contacted us before from Ontario… Looks like the last weekend in August now…

  16. Wayne June 20, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Don’t worry. We’ll let folks know who have contacted us before from Ontario… Looks like the last weekend in August now…

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