You don’t find God only in Church.
After three years of active community work, I’ve decided to take a break. Coming to this conclusion is never easy. It means I won’t be able to see my favorite people on the planet, play music, lead worship or just be there to be a friend to someone. I felt at a loss. You see, I’ve grown an attachment towards what I do and the people I do it for. As years go by, it becomes harder and harder to let go.
When everything you do is done as a worship to God, no amount of effort, time, or resource is ever wasted. Every act becomes meaningful, every thought, significant, every breath, an offering.
An elder in the community once told me that any attachment to what’s material or can be seen, is not from God. Wherever God leads you, there’s always a mission to do. So just go and carry with you a servant’s heart.
I struggled with this idea and wanted to stay where I was. I thought, if I’m called to do something new or different, God will let me know in ways that I would clearly hear and perfectly understand. Surely I was expecting something big to happen to move me. Something that can never go by unnoticed. So I waited.
Then I remembered Elijah. He too waited on God. The windstorm, the earthquake, and the fire came, but God wasn’t in there. Until something unexpected came along. A gentle breeze.
As luck would have it, that’s how He came to me too.
There was no grandiose event or glorious moment. But in both ordinary places and spontaneous occasions, God gave a series of divine appointments.
With Whom And How?
Strangers and no-strangers I bump into on regular days.
Dates with myself.
Alone time with Him.
He showed up in places and moments I never would have expected.
It’s amusing to know that God can surprise us like that. I’ve never been more aware of Him than these past few days. From,
- the glitter of the morning sun,
- the stillness of water as I walk by the lake,
- the scent of fresh flowers,
- the feel of wood in my hand,
- the glow of the night skies, to
- the quietness of late afternoons,
God’s presence is so real, so tangible. It feels like I could almost touch Him.
Certainly, there is something larger than life. Something greater and significant is going on than the demands of every day. When you quiet the noise around you, that’s when you hear it. When you wait openly and intently, that’s when you receive and fully understand it.
We never stop being with God just because we’re not inside the church or in the company of believers. He is alive in us and is with us wherever we go. We can always talk to Him and about Him, and bring Him to a friend, a stranger, a family, or to the person living next door.
Divine appointments. God may call you for it too. Be ready, and when He nudges you just say yes. No fear, no excuses, no doubts, no holding back.
Was there a time in your life when God asked you to do something unexpected? How did that invitation go? Share in the comments below. I’d love to hear your story.