Dear Garland Church Family
At staff meeting this week, as we usually do, we spent the first 30—45 minutes in a time of devotion and focus. My usual goal is to help us align our plans and efforts around what God is doing in our lives, to renew our trust in how he would have us to lead. This past Wednesday connect time was rich as usual...
First, we spent a time of prayerful listening to Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” “Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.’” “Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path.” These words flow from a deeper space, helping those to pray them get real about their desire for God. It was helpful to us, too. Finally, we settled on the last verse:
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
The farther up and the farther in I get into knowing the Lord, the more I have become willing to accept the profound realities of the inner life with God. I’m less and less satisfied with complicated theologies, oversimplified religious maxims and the saccharine pat answers advocated by the Christian sub-culture operating around us. In contrast, I’m finding myself more compelled by God to meet him in solitude and silence, allowing him to deconstruct my sin and put me back together according to his life-giving Word. And in so doing, I’m finding myself more able to wait...to wait for heaven to come down and for glory to fill my soul...to wait for his visions and dreams to settle into my heart and become my visions and dreams...to wait for the Lord.
It takes profound bravery and courage to wait patiently. Everything in us (me) wants to fix things pronto and get action, like, yesterday. And indeed, many times God calls us to action and we are still intent to sit on the couch and do nothing. But most of the time, I think God is indeed calling us to WAIT. To patiently call on him morning, noon and night, and wait for Him to do the thing. Lord have mercy, this can be so hard!
May God grant us His grace, his bravery, his courage, to wait patiently for the Lord.
For Christ and His Church...Pastor Rod