Friday, May 18, 2012

Step by Step...

I've been in the states for the last six weeks sharing about our journey in Ireland, meeting new people, catching up with old friends... and in the midst of this journey God is speaking into my life about something, something that is changing me.  I guess you might say I'm learning something... go figure!

Let me start by asking a question.  When do great things happen?  When are lives changed? 

My mind goes to moments like these: Moses at the burning bush.  Paul on the road to Damascus.  Those were significant moments...great moments.  Yet I'm learning that great moments can happen in places and ways we'd never imagine.  They can happen through things that we might see as insignificant or even mundane.  Allow me to explain.

Someone shared how a conversation we'd had around a kitchen table had impacted them... they remembered it like it was yesterday, and I remembered NOTHING!  Another individual came up to me this last week and shared how a phone conversation I'd had with them changed their life.... The crazy thing was I didn't even remember it, even when they described it in detail... not even a faint recollection.  I missed it, or did I?

You'd think we'd be aware when something significant was happening or about to happen, right?  You'd think we'd know when we're being used of God.  Yet even as I missed it... I really didn't.  I was present in the life of another and God was there too.

I'm coming to see in more vivid ways that we often make ministry about BIG stuff.  We think ministry happens on Easter Sunday... or on Sunday, period. Those of us in "professional" ministers...whatever that means... even think we can orchestrate the movements and action of God in the life of another.  Pretty funny when you think about it.  Yet all through these last six weeks I've been reminded that God often uses insignificant and mundane things and moments to do radical work in the lives of people.

To be honest, I sometimes struggle because I feel what I'm doing is SO insignificant. I'm in Ireland and I'm simply walking into people's lives, something anyone could do.  No great skill required. And yet, I'm coming to understand that EVERY moment, EVERY step, EVERY seemingly insignificant action can be filled with God's presence and used for HIS kingdom sake, no matter how insignificant it might seem. 

As Paul states in Colossians 3:17  "Whatever you do, whether in word of deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Let's embrace God in EVERY moment and place... who knows what will happen!