DID YOU MISS IT?
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. Hebrews 11:39-40
Have you missed it? I know that over the last few weeks my health has really taken a toil on me and not allowed me to post on a regular basis... but the question truly is did you miss it? Or were you able to go about your life without another thought in the world. I know that for me it is not going to shake the reason I do these, but the true question remains did you miss it? See it really has nothing to do with if you are reading my blog or preparing for your own way of doing a daily devotional... It really matters more that when you miss the connection time that you have with God... do you miss it? I know that I did. I was literally unable to type or physical feel as though I could fulfill what I needed to do because of the situation that I was in, but I have to tell you that I MISSED IT!! I did! I missed diving into the WORD in a way that makes me think of how to connect others in a different way to God's teaching, See one of the first lessons I learned in ministry is that the best way to grasp God's Word is to teach or write about it. God will continue to speak to you in ways that you cannot miss it so...yes when I was even unable to do anything but lay flat and only be in HIS presence... I missed the ability to truly take a moment and reflect into the world God's Word through my eyes... through my mind... through my voice.
But I hope that you understand that I truly missed just providing maybe the guidance someone may have needed or maybe the silence was a way that was needed for others to begin to focus and recognize they needed to dig into the WORD for themselves. There is ALWAYS a plan from God and remember that God is always in control. That is why if I miss a day, I feel so incomplete. But God has a way to allow His presence to pour back into the vessel and provide healing. Why do I say that.. because in some of my weakest and painful moments, many of you began to write and send God's Word to me... WOW!! It was perfectly
timed and desperately needed in the times where my physical state was struggling the most. See that is what it is all about. It is about the connection that we all have together to realize the need that is there and feel the loss of connection and to restore it from the other side. I find myself some times truly running with my head cut off, not by choice but because of situations, some that are and others that are not, in my control. I find myself missing the moment in which we just sit and stay in God's presence... in step into the AWE of God and find peace, healing, restoration, discernment, and our ability to move forward in steps of faith. I can only imagine there are days that I neglect that spiritual aspect of my daily life and Jesus asks me the question... did you miss it?
In one of the greatest testimonies of faith which is found in Hebrews 11, we are able to see many of those For-Fathers/Mothers of the faith that really missed the moment. They were living their lives with expectations of what they thought God was going to do for them and how God was going to direct their path and they completely missed the moments... they missed the steps that God was trying to lead them through to arrive at their final faith destination. Now it does not mean that God did not use them for who they were and for where they were, but as I look through this list of amazing spiritual leaders that were being guided by faith, I land on the scripture for today. 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. Hebrews 11:39-40. Do you see the phrasing there. They were all commended for their faith... they were all recognized in some or another as followers of Jesus, BUT, NONE of them received what had been promised, but God provided something even more that they could not fathom. I ask myself this question all of the time, did they miss the miracles... did they miss the true stretching and testing of their faith because they were so focused on the present and the immediate instead of seeing how God was growing them beyond their current state. Were they unable to step outside of their norms because they had a mindset of how things were supposed to be like and they missed the pure JOY of walking in the moment with God?
So I just wanted to say thank you.. I have missed you!!! I have missed every moment that we have been able to share in the past and for some of you I have not been able to physically see you for over 7 months. I have only been connected to you by the word that I write each day that you may never read. But it continues to give me hope and a desire to continue to find ways to connect in other ways down the road. I hope and pray that you know that I pray for you each and every day and I look forward to the opportunity that we may have in the near future to once again connect. I miss our parents... I miss our students... I miss our lunches... I miss our breakfasts... I miss our CORE groups... I miss our Student Leadership... I
miss Sunday school... I miss worship... I miss confirmation... I miss supper on Wednesdays and Sundays... I miss our jokes, our games, our laughs.. I miss it ALL! But I have been fervently praying that God has been working in and around your life EVERY day! I pray that there is a yearning in your heart to join us as we are about to restart with small steps that is going to lead to HUGE impacts. Do you miss the connection that we have as a family? I read the last verse again as a challenge and an encouragement for today... God has planned something better for us so that only together with us would it be made perfect. God has something that is about to IGNITE a flame and help us to begin again to build a fire to share with the world. Welcome Back into my life and thoughts about God... Did You Miss It? I DID! See you SOON!!