During Intercession a few weeks ago I roomed with my friend Melissa Scott. Within days of completing our finals for the spring semester we were caught up in something like a training camp, it felt like a virtual world that did not yet fit into the way the world was at the time. It was there in the land of strange things that we encountered “Shaker Man” (I have to call him that because his real name is unspeakable). At His feet things in our heads and hearts that had been detached and cast into corners making dust and leftover ruble throughout the past year were shaken off and vacuumed away. Fragments of boxes that I had been disassembling all year were taken, cleared from my head and the disorganized pieces of machine that were left from their original destruction earlier were cleared away and destroyed forever.
And the Lover beckoned, “Come here. Trust me more. Love me better. Love me deeper.”
Many of us have fallen and risen again and in both our falling and rising God is glorified, His name is lifted up because when the wind blows even the trees dance and none of us – even the dead – can keep from being shaken, being moved, being beckoned to join in the dance.
Sometimes hope is our most desperate need in order to be able to move forward toward something better. God is teaching me through stories, through mine and Melissa’s stories and the stories of others that a bigger change and a bigger vision than the ones that I thought possible are within grasp. And, the great things I saw from a distance beckon me to move forward through hope. At the time, a world that was not possible and much bigger than anything I could have imagined was opened up to us as God said “Yes” to desires I had not even realized I had before.
God is ahead of us as a people and leading us forward to a place way above that cleft you are aiming for.
Watch for the King, He will move even in the last days and He is brilliant.
Something that has been very much on my heart for this summer is my relationships and what some might call “personal ministry.” I have kept this in strong consideration as I make decisions about what I will do this summer. I don’t have a job yet but I’ve been making a game out of applying to a lot of different places. Yesterday I had an hour to race to pick up applications from 8 places I would think seriously about working for. I won! Then I realized I filling out applications doesn’t pay. My glory was short-lived.
Most of my time though has been filled with taking many purposeful steps toward several important things in my life. First, I have been spending a lot of time with people. A friend of mine, David, is leading a group he calls Momentum where four of us get together twice a week and to journey together, grow to know one another more, seek God together, and dare to move as a response to God’s movement in our community and world. Second, I am looking for God’s direction on further outreach efforts because while I have had many many ideas for things to start or get involved in that would expose me to more people I have not seen much movement directly towards any of them. I anticipate all the things God is doing and I’m pretty sure I will be seeing something along these lines pretty soon. Finally, I have been working on a number of projects, one of them being my room which consists of many different smaller projects. I have been trying to surround myself with reminders of who God is and who I am as a result (not just in my room but I have been setting it up with this purpose in mind). I’ve put some pictures here of the way it looks for Calea. 🙂 (Thanks for inspiring me so much by your own creativity and helping me with ideas Calea!). I hope to make some changes but I like it so far, it’s pretty and comfy. I keep the ceiling lights off most of the time and get some soft light coming in from the curtained windows and lamps that I have.