I Can Only Imagine!
Just feel compelled to share with you in more detail today. It is my birthday, but please allow me to extend to you a gift of encouragement.
This past weekend, God opened a door for me to serve the women at Prestonwood Baptist Church at their “WE” Weekend Retreat. Nine years ago, a couple of years after moving to DFW, I was invited to attend a Christmas play at Prestonwood. I had no idea the extent or how elaborate the program would be, but I can tell you, IT WAS FABULOUS!!!! Over whelming with live animals and even a camel! I remember sitting in the upper level to the right… in the corner.
At the beginning of the program, a choir of about 700 people started to sing and I was awestruck! AMAZING! I was a worship leader at the time and wondered what it would be like to sing with a choir that large. As I sat in my seat, I remember saying to myself how awesome it would be to worship from that platform and continued to enjoy the program with the family.
On Friday night when I entered the building, I felt an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and joy as I entered the “Mega” sanctuary! I could not help but look up to that corner where I sat in the first time I was there. I was greeted with such warmth by my host and the entire team. Everyone there was so kind and honoring. Coming out of the green room on my way to a reserved seat on the front row in front of Dr. Jack Graham’s pulpit, I glanced back at my first seat again- from the back corner to a place of honor on the front seat. It was an “Out of body experience”! I never imagined!
As I prepared the lesson for my session, God reminded me of my first experience and my desire to worship from the platform. He was sure to let me know that He desired for me to encourage His people with the spoken word from the platform which is worship. Needless to say, It was not how I imagined it. He knew that the thought had never crossed my mind that I would ever step foot on the stage. It never crossed my mind because I did not understand the process of spiritual discovery that I was in the middle of with God. I wonder how many things never cross our minds because we are viewing them from only a natural view point or limited paradigm. Sometimes we view the rest of our lives from where we are at the time when our entire walk with God is a dynamic, moving, changing, revealing walk. To imagine means to “form a mental image of something that is not present”.
So to encourage you all, I want to give you a few things to consider as you imagine more for yourself from a spiritual perspective. One, trust is an absolute must! You must believe the Word of God above all else. It is truth. Your failure to believe it does not negate its authenticity. God’s ways are not our ways nor are His thoughts our thoughts. You can be who God says you can be. Two, rejection is a must. You must find a way to reject the accusing limiting minimizing voice of the enemy. Period! No matter how it comes. Choose your counsel wisely and listen to the voice of God in your spirit. If you desire to do something and burn with passion to do His will which includes serving at a higher level, Go for it! Do not allow that passion to be buried with you. Somebody needs to receive what you need to contribute! God will do the connecting. Three, you will need to press through the times that do not make sense persevering, holding on to your identity in Christ, and nurturing your intimate love relationship with the Lord.
So friends, I do not know what you are being nudged to do for the Lord, but the Word is clear: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him” 2 Cor. 2:9