Good afternoon Church! It’s another sunny Wednesday, and the season feels like it’s shifted in a pretty huge way towards the summer, thanks to the rainfall we had this weekend. One thing I love about the way our prairie summers seem to start, is when exactly that happens – everywhere are tiny bits of life, peeking out in anticipation and then comes the spring storm… and you wake up to a fresh and vibrant green world. Literally happens overnight. It’s amazing and never fails to fill my joy tank with hope and wonder. Reminds me that sometimes, we just need a good drenching. A good washing, a cleansing of what was, in order to see the hope of what’s to come.
Show me the right path, O Lord;
Point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
For you are the God who saves me.Psalm 25:5
As I write, this story from John 13 comes to mind… (verses below from John 13:5-9)
When approached by Jesus, who had removed his outer garment, bowing before his disciples to wash their feet, Peter asks… “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied “you do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” How often do we find ourselves in a similar place, whether in thought, heart, or situation? I even think of this time, right now when it feels like everything is topsy turvy and it all happened in the blink of an eye and will anything ever be the same and… “you do not realize what I am doing, but later you will understand” says our Saviour.
As Jesus kneels and explains to Peter that this must happen, unless he is washed Peter will have no part with him… his response has always hit my heart. “Then Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
Peter receives. Surrenders to the LOVE and call of his Rabbi. And on that foundation, the church is built. How often has my heart been hard, not willing to receive the mercy, love, grace, discipline, or the tenderness of Jesus because of things I’ve held on to… I wish I could say not often at all. But what I keep finding every time I have to say “here I am Lord, again, on my knees…” HE RESPONDS. He is ever attentive, ever loving, ever patient and kind.
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night
I will go, Lord, if you lead me
I will hold your people in my heartDan Schutte, Here I am Lord
This song selection today all came to me pretty quickly and pretty clearly. With Songs from Steve Bell, Dan Schutte, and Hillsong United, they reference verses from Isaiah 40, Psalm 25, 1 Samuel, Genesis… which one will speak to you I wonder? Share in the comments if you feel led.
God bless and keep you, Church Family