From the Pastor’s Desk – July/August 2018
Well, the last two months have been amazing, awesome and arduous! I have probably never used “arduous” in my life, but to be really truthful I was looking for another word that began with an “a”. But, wow, it really does say what I wanted it to say. Arduous means, involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring.
Not only was the work on The Light House completed and we held our North Baptist Open House, but we hosted Serve Day where we had 170 volunteers from the Flint Hills Southern Baptist Association come in and help us complete 82 work projects. 62 of those work projects were in Ottawa, and 20 projects were in Pomona.
And oh, by the way, the week after Serve Day we left to go to Salina for Super Summer Youth Camp with 16 youth/leaders (our largest group ever). We began each day getting up at 7:00 am, meeting from Prayer at 7:40 am. That was all followed by a full days schedule that ended with lights out at 11:45 pm. And when I say lights out, I mean lights out. Because as soon as the lights went out in our room, I was out. These last two months has truly been an arduous journey. But I would not trade it for anything, because of how many times I saw God move in this short amount of time. It was nothing short of amazing.
When God moves, He expects and requires a response from His people. And when God moves – God moves Big! Multiple times throughout scripture when God moved, it not only shook the earth, that God created, but it shook His people as well. When God moves, He shakes people, places and things. When God moves He goes beyond what man can think or do. He moves beyond on traditions, He moves beyond what you can put down on paper and figure out on your own.
You have to admit, God has moved and moved in a mighty way through North Baptist Church. You also have to admit, it was God moving, because there was no way we could have pulled off the things that just happened at North on our own.
Exodus 40:36-38 NIV “In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.”
In this scripture it shows us what to do, when God moved, the Israelites moved. When God stayed still, the Israelites stayed still. This proves that for those who follow God, when God moves we are to move. We are to move when God moves, not before, not later, but when. And how do you know when God moves, by keeping your eyes on Him. Scripture promises that James 4:8 NKJV “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” The promise is: Draw near to God, then when He moves, Move!
Remember what I told you at the beginning of this letter? About how tired I should have been from all the things that were going on. There is really no time to be tired when you are following God. He will give you rest in due time. He knows when you need it and He’ll allow it when He feels you ready for it. Galatians 6:9 NIV “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” No matter how “arduous” the journey may seem, don’t give up. God is on the move, Hallelujah! We need to be watching for His next move, so that “We” can follow Him! Toby Mac said it best, Eye on It!
See ya Sunday – if not before!
It’s because of Him that we Serve,