My method of thought….
Many have already said that is an oxymoron. But in reality I do. I have lots of things that just bubble over time in my life. The last few days have been spent “cleaning” up files. Always interesting as I have a number of files that appear “incomplete.” Yet every now and then I will return to them and add a topic or a sentence to them.Today was cleaning financial process in Quicken and Quickbooks. Last night I was reviewing the thousands of photographs that live in my computer.
And so it is with the church. Not everything is a today thing. Not everything from yesterday has long term value going forward. What seems important to a younger person may not have the same value as it might to someone who has seen it.
One of the things additional days add to your life is as Solomon suggests is that there is “nothing new” under the sun. In some respects that is truth. It may have different shading or a different flavor, but much of what we encounter has been done before.
So, what do we do with fresh revelation or “light bulb” moments? I think we percolate them or apply them. Perhaps both. When someone sees their first person healed by the laying on of hands their life is changed. Now revelation has reality. One can percolate the idea of laying hands upon the sick, solidifying faith, but at some point active statements like “laying on hands” require the application. Theory can no longer sit quietly by.
And so we are on the verge of a new day, a fresh day. What do we do with it? What does “it” even look like. I submit to you that for some there is value in what has never been seen and for others the “yep, been there” response. I would like us to take our lives and put them in the tension between revelation and theory and response and reality. What if we lay hands on the sick? Cast out demons? Raise the dead? There is no revelation that requires faith in the “what is known” world. All that is required is the doing of it. We know what is said. We know what to do. And it is here we must put experience to the wayside and enter into a “I can do this” mentality. I can lay hands on the sick. I can raise the dead. I can deliver the oppressed.
Our season of “I can do it” is upon us. The next month will be much like the preparation for a vacation. We know it is coming. We need to clear the way. We need to say “I am going.”
October is our month. I foresee mighty outpourings of His Spirit. I see that we are going to catch a wave that will be rode and rode for a long time to come. Feel free to say “I will wait and see.” You will miss much. Staying with the surfing thought process for a moment. Surfing is hard. It requires a lot. Surfing success is the result of preparation and hard work and knowledge gleaned from falls before. Waves and sets have a rhythm. It is about catching the rhythm of heaven in your heart. Like God you learn acceptance of the moment and the power in it. And you learn to enjoy it. You look over the water and wait. Not every wave is the wave. Not every wave does what you expect. Not every wave runs or breaks.
It is in understanding the rhythm of God. The season we are entering. Truly I sense a moment approaching that the “surf is up.” Rejoice as others catch their waves. Enjoy your moments and share them with others. We are entering something so monumental words will no longer describe them.
We do these things because we can!