Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Flowing Like Water

I tend a vision to see all peoples of the world know, worship and grow (KWaG) as disciples of Jesus Christ.  As people are drawn to East Lansing from all over the world, people are also leaving.  Meeting and sending people can be an emotional roller coaster.  I was however recently brought to consider my reality through a different lens. 
Melting snow at a gas station
While pumping gas, I filmed the roof releasing melted snow.  The sign of oncoming warmth was a great comfort.  I absorbed the point of encouragement  in a place of transience.  No one is meant to stay in a gas station.  Rather, we all come, tarry and leave again.  As I was encouraged in a gas station, so are the people encouraged at University Baptist Church.

Leadership Council at University Baptist Church

The people are encouraged to see the vision unfolding.  We are encouraged in knowing the Doctor of Ministry we're earning together is progressing.  We are worshiping together with encouraging summer attendance.  We are growing together as we prepare to celebrate 50 years of ministry.  Just as the roof and flowing water marked a season, unfolding vision marks a season.

We are in a season of possibility; a season of answered prayer; a season of the Holy Spirit's dominance.  Like melting snow becomes running water, so is my despair of transience becoming an attitude of expectancy.  We have to let go in a college town to receive in a college town.  I am letting go of my expectations to hold onto opportunities to know worship and grow (KWaG) with my family of faith.

"For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."  Habakkuk 2:3

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