I came home from a ministry meeting tonight with an absolute assurance that I had been in much more than just a meeting.
I was in the very presence of the Lord in that place.
And I want to be intentional about capturing and remembering the beautiful and affirming moments that make up this life every bit as much as I want to honestly acknowledge the hard moments.
And this moment was beautiful.
As we all stood in a circle around that table to spend several minutes praying over a new season of ministry and new leadership, though it certainly wasn’t a flashy moment, it was a Holy Spirit filled moment.
It was good and it was powerful.
This summer has been hard. The Lord has been teaching me, stretching me, and growing me in ways that sometimes I’d rather He just not.
But this right here?
This new season of ministry, this new opportunity to serve?
It is nothing other than an answer to a series of prayers and desires I’ve had over years (years!) that I have often been too fearful or hesitant to even name as future hopes, let alone speak into actual requests.
But even that makes this answer in God’s perfect timing that much sweeter, that much more precious, that much more HIS.
I say it often – even when life doesn’t make sense at all – but y’all. Hear me say it in the good times, too.
God is faithful and God is good and God is sovereign.
And while I am quick to claim the truth of those statements … those promises … when life is hard and challenging (because it often is), I want to be just as quick to claim the same truths when life is good and all kinds of exciting.
And this is exciting!
Because in those precious moments of honest prayers from a roomful of fellow leaders who love the Lord and want more of Him and are willing to pour themselves out into the lives of others, I knew I was there for this.
This is what I was made to do in the right now of today.
And I didn’t get here by analyzing the heck out of my circumstances, or perfectly executing a five year plan, or having a clear idea of what this would look like.
I got here because seeking the Lord without an agenda (or much of the time even a clue!) allowed me to obediently say “yes” when the opportunity was presented.
And that is amazingly, beyond what I could ask or think, beautiful!
And this has only just begun.
God is so good.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV)