Monday, March 3

He's everywhere that I am.....

"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:7-12 (NIV)

I spent Sunday unlike any Sunday I have spent in some time now, in a church. No, I've gone to church in that 'some time' frame I speak of and I've been the Senior Chaplain of Meadowbrook Chapel for over a year now. No, I went to church Sunday at the beckoning of the Lord.

A church that isn't in transition so much as it is in MOVEMENT. A church that has, after three years, obtained a structure in which to hold services on Sunday. A church that is not about those walls that contain its physical presence but rather what is happening outside those walls and where the Lord will lead them. A church with life, a life that is focused on what God wants, not what God needs.

A church in which the Pastor spoke of a old direction with a new twist. A church where expression isn't so much the expectation but the realization of the presence of the Holy Spirit. A church, so small in its physical congregation that I was immediately spotted as a 'newcomer' and spoke to as an old friend. A church so large in its mission that I find myself eager again to be about the business of God's kingdom.

The verse was part of one of the Pastor's wife speaking about the conference on healing that the Pastor, his wife, and one other leadership couple went to the previous week. But it wasn't the sermon about the healing sessions or the impact that it had on all who attended that made this particular section of the Psalm 139 chapter stick to me and give me my 'eat the carpet' moment… know, that moment when the presence of God is so powerful and so---well, present----that makes you want to go lower than the carpet…..because you feel so unworthy to be in such powerful light…….

I realized how much I need to be impacted, like drinking from a waterfall to quench my thirst…..that sweeping away of the fragility of my humanity to see a glimpse of what we each were intended to be and how much I fail to even come close to that vision. Which makes me reflect upon how much I need the indwelling of the Spirit to overcome the things that my flesh desires that remain sinfulness to God and how much I cannot do it on my own.

And how I can't hide from God, no matter where I go. When my life was in the darkness and I openly rebelled against God (if it was 'christian', I did the opposite), God was there. He rescued me from a few moments in my life that would've ensured my damnation and therefore my destination in the pits of Hell. He spoke to me, and spoke again when I would turn away from His whispering voice. He was there in that darkness, a presence that defied the black inkiness of its despair and stood as a beacon in the night.

He was there at that church on Sunday morning.......when it seemed the Pastor was speaking directly to me regarding a place I fear.....

He was there last night, as I failed again to overcome a desire to protect and defend myself, as I moved in pain and caused pain to those who love me.

He was there when I despaired in the darkness of my broken heart and He was there when I woke this morning, offering what little I have to His work, His command.

He is there as I stress about the bills, the apartment, the car, the family, and the relationships in tangle. He is there as I struggle to give it all to Him.

With open arms……..

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