It's raining on the entire east coast and that rain has affected the plans of our Annapolis Team... alot. The VBS Backyard Bible Clubs were to be outside. We serve a creative God who has great plans for His name to be known and glorified. Kendra, our Children's Director, gave the team members rubber bands to wear reminding them to be flexible. It's always, jokingly, been said that mission team members gain the gift of flexibility as they serve! Be flexible... and continue to pray for the Team. Prayers are being answered as they begin their third night of Backyard Bible Clubs with no rain!
Tonight, you may've heard Joy, the team Leader, thank God for the high school students who were so flexibile and kind as they slept in the airport due to delayed flights as they tried to return home from Guatemala. They glorified God in their attitude and in their waiting. What are you waiting for? And, how can you live to bring Him glory in your waiting?
Flexibility--shouldn't that be the same daily, in our everyday lives? Flexibility seems like a by-product of living in grace, doesn't it?
"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand." Proverbs 19:21 (ESV) And, what is His purpose? To be glorified, to be known. God is always good and His intentions are always good.
So, when God's Spirit brings to mind that your connection class member wasn't at church this past Sunday, why not stop what you're doing and give them a call, extend an invitation for lunch? Yes, be flexible to change the schedule you made. When you're standing in line (probably in a rush) to get coffee, but God's Spirit is encouraging you to talk to the person behind you about Him, go ahead. Pastor Brandon has shared before, "think of perceived interruptions, instead, as divine opportunities."
Could it be that the battle for our hearts and our obedience are fought often through our calendars, our plans... which may not be God’s plans? Will you give God your time and yield to what He wants to do through you? It may be that we need to be still and quiet to hear Him speak.
We read, last week, that 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Today, you may be suffering in physical ways or through heartbreak. You may be in a hard situation where the end doesn't appear to be near.
Wherever you "are," you can be used for God's glory. Rest and trust in the sovereignty of God Almighty, the love and faithfulness of your Savior, and the comfort and power of His Spirit. Are we willing to wake every morning and give God our days? Are you willing to pray: Use me as You will -- for Your glory, for Your Great Love to be known. There is no greater purpose than this and for His grace to be on display.
See you on Sunday at 9am or 10:30am as Pastor Brandon continues with "Living for the Glory of God."