I wanted to share with all of you pieces of our teaching at church today. Our pastor of student ministries has been speaking the past few weeks on a topic he calls Vision Leaks. It centers around being connected to our identity and our mission. He referred to how businesses use this concept. They have this great vision of how they want things to run, but slowly cracks form and they move further away from what they started with. He is a lover of coffee so today he talked about, as an example, the day Starbucks closed for several hours to re-train the employees. They had moved too far from the model they wanted and needed to get closer to their original vision.
So, applying this to our faith…If we aren’t careful we forget the things in life that matter most. i.e. selfless living, living a life of generosity, etc. Today the topic he focused on was finding opportunity in our pain. He said “What if the greatest pain in your life is in fact your greatest opportunity to reclaim your vision.” He talked about how during our struggles God is there and He is giving us the chance to call on Him. He died to give us life, to carry our burdens, for us to cry out to Him.
Another important point is that even times of great blessing can lead to a leak. When we are too comfortable we can be in danger of feeling like we are in control and we can slowly slip away from God. We need to cry out when we are struggling but also remember to PRAISE God for all the good.
Here is where our adoption journey plays into this. He spoke of four lessons from the forty years in the desert. I am focusing on two. During trials, it is easy to get frustrated. We get frustrated waiting for His timing. We want things to keep moving but that isn’t always His plan. It is so easy to get discouraged, waiting to get on the waitlist, waiting for THAT REFERRAL, the court dates, travel dates. We try to take control and that puts us in danger of a leak. The second lesson is during trial, there is an opportunity to grow. We need to claim this time as a time to focus on Him. Get into reading the Bible, be faithful in prayer, be His hands and feet. He quoted C.S. Lewis “God whispers to us in our pleasure, speaks into our conscience, but shouts in our pains, it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Those are powerful words.
I just wonder if some of you are struggling. I know that this process can be so hard. This doesn’t have to just pertain to those of you adopting but any of you who feel that you are struggling. Please, hear Him. He is the God who cares and loves you!
He closed with a video from Hillsong, The Desert Song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QemZQKKJbRU Listen to these words, “This is my prayer in the desert when all that within me feels dry….my God is the God who provides.” “All of my life in every season You are still God, I have a reason to sing, I have a reason to worship.” I love these lyrics!