I hope and pray your week is going well and that each day is reflecting the goodness and mercy that follow you through it. The Father loves to show off all He has to offer, and He’s chosen each of you to be a window in which the Kingdom can be observed by this world—may all of His Shine, shine through you this week!
In thinking about Sunday, I wanted to drop a note and say “Thank You” to a church that just wants what the Lord wants. I can’t tell you how much it means to know that so many of us are praying for His will to be done every time we gather—you’re not just settling for a few songs and a sermon; this is a church that desires the Heart of God.
If you were in first service then you might’ve missed the unpredictable “turn” things took in worship at the 10:30. There was so much happening at the altar, and it required not only the surrender and obedience of all who came down, but also the patience and intercession of everyone else in the room as several dozen people responded to how the Lord was moving and speaking in their lives. But even after that, following the announcement about Macy’s, it seemed that things shifted in the spirit and we were suddenly drawn back into His glory.
As it happened, the only message needed was one the Father spoke Himself: a message of His faithfulness, His providence, and His unfailing love.
In the parable of the Ten Virgins, we usually put a lot of emphasis on Christ (the Bridegroom) and the moment He shows up; but interestingly, when Jesus tells the story, His emphasis isn’t on the guy who plays Him, it’s on the one’s who’re waiting for Him—and how they’re waiting—and how they have to prepare and conduct themselves as they wait in order to be there with what’s required of them when the time comes.
I don’t think this parable is only in reference to the ultimate Second Coming. When I read it, I sense the Lord speaking to me of all the days we spend waiting on Him, and tragically how many of us end-up giving-up before He shows-up. Sunday was a perfect example of how the posture of waiting pays off when something happens out of the ordinary—something we’ve been waiting for.
And even though it might not have “registered high” on your spiritual Richter scale, I believe it blesses the Lord when we humble ourselves while others receive what they need in the time of His visitation.
A true body of believers will celebrate these moments together as incredible victories belonging to us all, when even one among us has that kind of encounter with the Holy Spirit. Sunday, I believe many of us experienced something very special, something that happens when we all wait with oil in our lamps.
So may we stay filled and stay blessed as we wait upon the Lord. And may the days in between these incredible moments of intimacy and proximity be lived out with wisdom, discernment, and intention—with our eyes on Heaven and our hearts already there.
I love you guys and I’m praying for you!