Field Notes from Faith Center
Hello, It’s Me Again
You may remember me. Or not.
Nearly ten years ago I started my first blog — or at least the best I could do at a blog. It was actually more like an email. Truthfully, it was a lot more like an email than an actual blog. Okay …. Really, that’s all it was.
Basically I rounded up the addresses of about 30 friends, asked their permission if I could periodically send them a note of sorts of what I hoped was inspiration and encouragement. I prayed, I studied the Word and I put forth my best effort at providing a biblical perspective on life from one of God’s rescued. Then it was off to the races.
I wrote about heroic women of the Bible and worship and wilderness wanderings and sacrificial love (as though I knew what that was at that point in my life) and what it meant to me to be a servant of the God Who lives. And all of it was going so very, very well until life happened. And when life did happen, it wasn’t pretty.
Everything that I thought was safe and true and would be there forever — because I had determined in my heart that I could make it so — ended up being a house made of straw, set ablaze in so many ways that it’s a miracle that I survived it at all.
Through these life events that I’ll speak to during our journey together (if you choose to join me), I was serendipitously derailed from what I loved to do most: write to the hearts of real people who live a real life in search of a real God.
Looking back, I have to believe that the dream of writing “letters” to you just wasn’t meant to be in that season of my life. But now, some ten years later, here I am again.
I have this sense (and hope) that everything that has happened in my life up until now has served the purpose of what God really wanted to do in my life all along: not just rescue me but use me to display His kindness and mercy to confound the wise. Just as God chose some in the Bible whose lives weren’t pretty to display His graciousness to all manner of men, I learned that God can choose me, too, if He wants to.
Amazingly, as it turns out, my story is not finished. Unbelievably, God is not done with me. I’ve learned that He’s not even surprised by my well-intended-what-ended-up-
It’s a puzzling and incredibly hopeful thing to realize that God isn’t done with us yet. That maybe, just maybe — you and I — we’re just getting started. That maybe after all is said and done that Romans 8:28 is still true and that God’s infinite wisdom really does predate the day of our giving up:
“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” (The Message)
My goal is to encourage you to believe that no matter what your life has been so far that God has a really good plan for your life, if you will only submit to His purpose for you. I invite you to check back each week to see what God is doing in my life — one who like you, He’s rescued, redeemed and is awakening to His plan for my life each day.
More than anything else, I want you to know that God is amazing. He’s worth every tear, every pain, every so-called prize He wrestles from our hands in order to give us His Son, who gives us His life. He’s worth us serving Him for whatever reason it is that He has chosen to redeem us. Yes, He’s that good. I hope you’ll join me in pursuing Him.
And so we begin again,
Awaken and Equip
Faith Center exists to awaken people to a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ and membership in the church family and equip them to fulfill their God-given purpose of maturity in Christ, ministry in the church body and missional living in the world.