Friday, April 21, 2006
Due to a low flow in teams for the past week I had the chance to escape to Chattanooga, Nooga, and the Great Smoky Mountains for a week. I got to meet new friends and see the family. I got to see the family dog one last time as unfortunately after 15 or so years she had to go to the garden. I got a trip with my best friend into the Smokies for three days and all in all have had a great week. Hiking and being in the mountains was the plan for this week. Hebrews 12:28 says "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 'for our God is a consuming fire.'" Being in God's general revelation, especially such a place as breathtaking as the Smokys, makes it easy to comprehend an unshakeable kingdom and to stand in awe. As I got back home and looked at the Lagniappe blog and began to think of all the work to get back to I was overwhelmed very quickly and began to feel very inadequate for the task. How quickly doubt can seep in. This doubt is not trusting that a God that created the Smokys, that sent His son for me, that has brought all of us together down in Mississippi will give us a kingdom that cannot be shaken. I stand in reverence and awe at what He has done in Bay St. Louis especially since I know myself and I know the people that the Lord is using. We are all broken and weak and yet still the Lord is advancing His kingdom, an unshakable kingdom. The Lord makes it hard not to stand in awe of what He does and yet I still doubt. Pray that I will stand in awe of the work He is doing and continue to rely on Him.