Writing early today…inspired earlier in the day, which is always nice!
First off, Want to let you know that today at 2 p.m. we’re having more visitors to the warehouse! Please pray for this meeting! Jake English and some friends from Idlewild Baptist Church are coming over to catch the vision. The is the result of themmeeting I had with him a few weeks ago. I’m very excited about the prospects of what we can do together as ministries – whether its praying for each other more fervently having a tangible view of what each other is doing, or possibly working together in the future to build the Kingdom. God knows what He wants and I’m excited to see what happens…and that takes me to my thoughts today…
Do you remember back in the day when you actually had to participate in P.E. class? We had this fitness test we had to do that included, my favorite, the shuttle run. You know the one that you had to stand behind the line, wait for the signal, go and run to the other side of the court(we were on a basketball court), pick up the eraser and then run back to the other line. You drop that eraser and run back for the other one. The anticipation right before the yell “GO!” or the blow horn was always crazy…sometimes I would be so anxious I step over the line and we’d start the countdown all over again. CRAP!
I’m feeling that anticipation right about now. AS you have read over and over again in my blog, in emails and the countless times I’ve talked to people about my ministry, there’s been a lot going on in the past 2 months. Some may ask what has happened and, after listening to me, may think there really isn’t much going on. No tangible evidence other than an old warehouse and our crazy dreamin’. At this point, I can understand that point of view. But I am catchin on to the fact that God works behind the scenes WAY more than in an “in your face” kinda way. Ya know, that whole whispering thing God likes to do.
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 1 Kings 19:11-12
Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 1 Corinthians 9:23-24
I’m wanting to run past the line before I hear “GO!” I am so confident that God is in on all of this that I want to get the ball rolling today…have a rockin concert, friends all around and coffee pouring out like there’s no tomorrow. But I also know that God has surrounded me with people who know what it means to wait on the Lord…what it means to practice self-control. Man, that’s a hard thing to grasp…but nothing will happen that people can really see, touch and understand until it takes precedence in my life.
Trust the LORD, and do good things. Live in the land, and practice being faithful. Be happy with the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Entrust your ways to the LORD. Trust him, and he will act [on your behalf]. He will make your righteousness shine like a light, your just cause like the noonday sun.
Surrender yourself to the LORD, and wait patiently for him. Do not be preoccupied with [an evildoer] who succeeds in his way when he carries out his schemes. Psalm 37:3-7