Thursday, October 11, 2012

New things...

Have you ever noticed how new things grow?

You plant a seed and nothing.  You water… nothing.  You wait… nothing.
Then suddenly one day… out of the blue… when you're just about to give up hope it happens.

A small green shoot breaks through the dirt… new life begins…. or does it.  In many ways new life began long before we saw that shoot… long before there was any evidence declaring it's arrival. 

I remember as a child planting seeds in a class somewhere and celebrating when the first signs of life emerged.  I remember watching chicken eggs just sit under a heat lamp… until suddenly on that wonderful day baby chicks burst forth.  I remember when we found out we were going to have our first child… We danced around the house in celebration even though in what had been weeks leading up to that moment of confirmation… incredible things had been happening inside my wife's body… and we had NO clue.

We've begun to plant the church… some days my perspective is simply… NOTHING is happening.
And yet, I'm reminded from these musings and from something Reuben Welch used to say all the time… "When nothing is happening something is happening… because God is always working."  For as Reuben also would say, "Where God is most hidden… he is most revealed." 

I'm praying and fasting today… inviting God to speak into my life in some fresh way. 

I'm realizing that I'm always looking for some proof… some demonstration that what I'm about is making a difference.  I think God is telling me… Stephen… trust me.  "Open your eyes…. look at the fields, they're ripe for harvest."

Perhaps God has called you to invest in a life… and to date you've seen NOTHING to suggest you're making a difference… be encouraged.  God is working… even when we have NO clue.

Friday, October 5, 2012

leave your nets...

I have a sculpture.
It pictures the call of Peter.
It's a call to leave…
a call to follow.

Peter, a fisherman worked the sea…
casting nets… catching fish.
Then Jesus shows up and calls him to leave it all.
he calls him to walk away…. to follow…

All this on the heels of his greatest catch.
That must have been hard… I mean
it's easy to get caught in your nets.
it's hard to jump without a safety net, right?

Looking at the sculpture I cannot help but think about His call.
to leave the nets.
to trust in Him, instead of the nets.
How about you?

Do you hear the call…
The call to abandon yourself unto Him.
The call to get rid of those things that entangle you,
those things that keep you from His call.

Jesus clearly called Peter to leave it all…
even when he'd just hauled in his greatest catch.

Crazy… but it reminds me of Philip…
one of the other disciples.
He too was called by God
to leave a vibrant ministry in Samaria and to travel a desert road.

What might God be calling you and I to do?
I wonder… would He be calling us to drop our nets
I wonder… what entanglements keep us?
what fears hold us?

Let's not get caught up in the nets…
Let's follow Him… wherever He leads.