This past weekend we had a teachers' retreat at a lake a few hours from the city. I split my time between staffing the snack shop, playing a few rousing card games, climbing trees, playing soccer, and taking one somewhat risky solitary run through a field and up a small mountain. Most of these activities involved much prayer, but I'm thankful for that, too.
I came back less refreshed, but very ready to tackle this week of pre-mission trip planning. Sunday night after a bit of baking, I tried to settle in to watch a sermon, but your bed is no place to take serious notes and stretch your mind. So, Monday morning I finally finished this sermon by John Piper. I've heard and said, "Come to Jesus" many times without grasping exactly what it means.
This sermon works through John 7:25-39 and examines that very question - what does it mean when Jesus gives this invitation: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”
I love this breakdown. It is so beautiful to try to understand why we thirst and why the person of Christ is exactly and only what will satisfy. Beyond satisfaction, RIVERS wil flow from us... rivers of living water! It's Tuesday night and I still can't get over it.
Well, yesterday afternoon I felt a bit of the living water flooding my living room, as the mission trip gathered to pound out some last minute details. I am continually blessed by the hearts and minds of these students. "Little steps," they tell me, "Miss, you can't expect us to change all sudden, but little steps." It takes everything in me to keep from wrapping them in a crazy hug and singing one of the uber-embarrassing songs my mom would throw my way whenever she was proud. Because, friends, if you could see these little steps they are taking your heart would SWELL.
Today, the students spoke in chapel in front of their peers and I am still praising God for their courage. These "little steps," they may not realize are HUGE leaps for the faith they have hidden deep in their hearts! These "little steps" are how they wear resolve so beautifully when classmates give them trouble for being involved in something so obviously, "Christian." After our devotional on Monday (more on that in tomorrow morning's post), I can now ask them, "Is it worth it? Is what you are doing worth those little comments?"
I wish you could look in their faces to see their response, "There's no question, Miss."
I believe God is working and He is gracious enough to give me reminders of His sovereignty and His mighty hand. I am humbled, humbled, humbled to be a part of this process!
Tonight, with a cake stashed in the fridge and cookies all packaged, I am literally on my floor in my bedroom typing this out and I can't tell you why. I just know that daily God is calling me to
let LOVE fly like cRaZy!