Day 1: “Perfection” and Imperfection
Day 1 (Wednesday 22nd June 2011)
As Day 1 dawned, those of us who had arrived the day before were well rested and the coming full schedule helped us to adjust to being eight hours ahead. After enjoying a sweet breakfast time with the UCLA sisters, T and I went over to meet the other (so far) UK saints at the â€œofficeâ€. We had a time of enjoyment and morning revival with the saints, and one brother taught us a new song which is very sweet:
1. Draw me, dear Lord, with Your beauty,
Capture my heart till earth fades away.
I need Your love to attract me
So I can love You more today.
2. Empty me, Lord, how I need You!
Unclog my mind, emotion, and will.
All that I have, I abandon
So You can fill my heart today.
3. Oh fill me now with Your life, Lord,
Flood my whole being with rivers divine.
I open wide; what enjoyment!
To live Your life, dear Lord, as mine.
During the day we went to the Getty Center, which is an art museum. I had been before on a previous blending trip, but this time I joined the architecture tour, which I found really interesting. I hadnâ€™t realised that so much thought went into the design of the buildings â€“ lots of â€œframingâ€, everything built on a 30 x 30 grid and according to certain dimensions, and with inverted flags and other representations of features such as drawbridges, etc. The tour guide was very enthusiastic about the architect in telling us about the â€œperfectionâ€ of his design, and its asymmetry.
How many trees do you see?
Now how many trees do you see?
On the 30 x 30 grid
Following that, we went to the park and had a BBQ with UCLA saints. The first of many! Then in the afternoon some of the Christians on Campus students gave us a tour of the UCLA campus. I had been a few times before, but this time visited a few areas Iâ€™d not seen before, such as the Hall of Fame. I do like the campus â€“ although I am currently writing this having visited a couple of others since then! But I really liked the trivia related to Royce Hall, which was designed with 52 imperfections â€“ one for every week of the year – showing that man is mortal and only God is perfect. How many can you spot in the picture below?
In the evening, we had a love feast with the saints from the Westwood area, and then joined them for the simulcast of the FTTA Wednesday night class (ministry meeting). We enjoyed that we are the lovers of Christ, and He is our beloved. We love You, Lord Jesus, our beloved!