Yesterday in church during worship we sang 'I will never be the same'. It is not a song we sing that often and always when we do it resonates very deeply. Being willing to allow God to do the work he needs to do in us in order for us to move on with Him.
There are higher heights, there are deeper seas,Whatever you need to do, Lord do in me.
That song is mostly used in response after a sermon, but yesterday it was sung before the speaker. Maybe God has a lot to say..?
Our visiting preacher Rob White spoke on Joseph and here are a few of the key points that really stood out (some paraphrased):
Joseph's story is not a just tale from history
We are all part of God's story here and now, living story
Story = ADventure, ADversity, ADvance (I tweeted this during the sermon, too good not to share)
Dreams borne of God do not have to die in the pit
And the reason I was inspired to take the sinkhole photos was to merge the image with Rob's words:
After the sermon people were invited to the front for prayer if they felt their dreams had died, for whatever reason, health, finance, bereavement, bad luck. Not only was Rob generous with God's word, he was freely extending the hand of God to those who needed it. Friends who needed a helping hand out of the pit. A number of people made their way forward, while we sang 'In Christ alone'.
For us this has been a season of financial difficulty and for me unemployment, but through it all I have been conscious of God's presence in a new way. My dreams have not died, they have been re-ignited in the face of struggle.
I so love those words in the middle of the final verse of In Christ Alone. He holds EVERYTHING in his hand and NOTHING can separate me from Him. Sure I know those words well and they are real to my heart, so nothing new there. But it was as though He was underlining them in bold just to make sure I'd heard, again. And the tears flowed.
Doubt will shout louder sometimes and try to rob us of God-given dreams, but He's always one step ahead in our story.
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand
The full sermon is available to listen here
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