What Is God Leading You Towards?
“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives” - Colossians 1:9b
It’s been a bit of a tough week, hasn’t it? Official word has come, in what seems rapid succession, that the July 4th Parade, Town Park Pool, Pine Springs Summer Camp and other beloved summer events will not be happening this year. I’ll fully admit that tears have been shed in my home and my office.
Some of these events are a bigger deal to some people than others, but we can all agree that there’s a whole lot of disappointment to go around. And lamenting these losses is part of the process of grief. No, it may not be the same thing as losing a loved one, but it’s grief nonetheless. And it’s really healthy to take time to feel the loss and to grieve.
At some point, following this grief or in the midst of it, we need to ask the question - what now? I’m still alive, I’m still moving, I still have an opportunity, I still have strength and a chance to be involved in God’s mission in the world… and what does that mean? What does that mean for today, for tomorrow, for this Summer?
I know this is the conversation that is currently happening around our dinner table at home. If we’re not going to Pine Springs, if we’re not going to Honduras, if we’re not going away for our 20th anniversary… where are we going and what are we doing? And how, with our new found opportunity, are we steering our children and ourselves and our community to Jesus at this time?
My prayer for us all, right now, is a prayer for peace in this unsettling time, but also and especially for wisdom and discernment. While we’re being led away from certain things right now, what is God leading us towards? As disappointing as it might be, I promise you that God is in this very moment and God will use even the worst of this, even the most discouraging, even the most frustrating parts of this to His glory.
So, this summer… how are you going to be…
Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus?