It's not something I haven't known, but perhaps something I haven't believed?
My job has always required that I'm focused on what's next - future plans for Crossroads. I rarely even think about what's currently happening at Crossroads except for evaluating events and the current services and attending of course. Even while I'm home I'm looking ahead at our next trips, and guests and plans...wake up call - spend more time focused on what you know is sure, this day that God has given me.
My desire is to live 'sold-out' to the Lord, and while the things I'm involved in around me aren't wrong, they're what I put first a lot of days. All you have to do is look at what takes up my time each day and it doesn't take long to realize just how pre-occupied I am with stuff.
Based on what my life sometimes looks like you can tell I assume nothing's going to change, like the future is certain just the way it is.
This disruption has been a wake-up-call for me personally. I don't know if we'll go through as bad a time as other countries have before the rate of sickness slows down, but I think for another few weeks we need to assume it will and take FULL advantage of focused time with God and family and "stay in".
When have we ever had a bigger opportunity to be home? To create a new routine with priorities where they should be. Not giving the Lord a little more time out of our day - as if that's doing Him a favor...but by building our day with time for Him truly being central to all I do.
Pastor Wendell just shared an article with the executive team that contained this quote:
“While the world around us is filled with fear and uncertainty, this is our opportunity to shine like lights in the darkness. We can be a community of people with calm hearts like the sea, a community that has listened to His voice and announces His great power and infinite love to the world.”
Isn't it mind-blowing that God can use us even just by staying calm?? A calm spirit proves to those worried around us that we really believe that God is in control!
May we understand that just as Pastor Dave is teaching this weekend in Joseph's life, He's already got the future totally laid out, and He knows exactly what needs to happen to get us there!