Today was a full day. First Lord's day of the year. Some interesting highlights.
Sermon illustration: My pastor told a story on the dire consecuences of not having a reliable guide. He told us of the son of a prominent American politician getting trained only to pilot his airplane using the horizon and other references yet didn't manage to survive flying on the night and in the midst of adverse weather conditions because he didn't acquired training to fly only with instruments. His plane crashed. From this illustration, he drew the following point: the Bible is the guide God gave us to fly across the sky in the midst of the darkness of our present age. From that I inferred that I would be a fool if I neglect consulting His guide, if I don't turn to Him for direction. This was particularly encouraging as I set again in the one-year Bible adventure after two years of not having done that. May Jesus get me through this!
First Lord's day playing in the worship team band. It was challenging. Made several mistakes. Some praised my performance. A young man agreed with my assesment: "don't worry, we're all growing together". Wisdom from above to a performance-driven soul who needs to grow humble.
First meeting with a former student. Talked unashamedly about where I was this morning and what I will be doing after our meeting: church's children ministry leadership team meeting. "Yeah, I need to go to church. I've forgotten God this semester while focusing on my studies". Will consider visiting church. "I started reading the Bible as a literary work but stopped after not being able to understand it. Had lots of questions". Open to further questions and even to the idea of a Bible study. "Yeah, I'd like to do that though not this summer". Yet our conversation wasn't spiritual all around but got to address the meeting agenda. Which was fine because we got ourselves thinking through some interesting things to be developed later. Need to trust God to shape all this as He wills so. I will appreciate your prayers so that the seeds would find fertile ground!
First meeting with children's ministry leadership team. Good conversation. Delegated VBS team to go to a training meeting at a local church this week. Trusting the Spirit of the Lord to lead us in the upcoming tasks.
Sprinkle that with a renewed sense of perseverance in prayer and a growing realization of my need for Christ. Can I ask for more? Yes! Deepening conviction and enthusiasm so if asked "Do you think God loves you?" I may say loudly: "Yes! Of course He loves me" while standing on Christ, my rock and refuge and the One who has promised to give me anything I ask of him (Jn 14:12).
Yeah! God is good!