I think that it is odd how a word or group of words that you have rarely heard of suddenly become a regular part of your thinking. A few months ago, someone introduced me to the term "emergent church". Now, everywhere I go I hear someone talking about this term. Every book or magazine I read seems to mention this term. It is probably not everywhere, but I guess I am just simply more aware of it. That made me start thinking about the presence of God. How aware am I that God is in my life every day? I know that He is there, but I think that I am just not fixed on that thought and therefore some days I can seem to pass through without acknowledging Him like I should. God is so much there that He is at work in every part of my life. It would do me some good to wake up and acknowledge Him so as to yield to Him in every area. By the way, I brought up the emergent church. Every once in a while I am going to write about some things that I have learned about this group. I find it interesting. You can share with me what you think.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I have been thinking alot lately about pastors that I have met while on missions trips. People like Jose Luis in Jimenez, Mexico; Pastor Sopa in Dapong, Togo; Pastors Frisnel and Luke in Mirebelais, Haiti; all come to mind. These men will probably never be known by most of the world during their lifetime, but I know that their Heavenly Father knows them well. These men of God many times have walked from place to place to serve God. While in Mexico, Jose Luis gave up his car for a week so a visiting missionary could use it. Pastor Sopa has walked or ridden a bicycle to six different churches every Sunday for years.
With that in mind, I woke up the other day and decided to walk to the church (only about 5 miles away) and pray for them while I walked. As I was walking and praying, a rain storm rolled through and drenched me to the bone. There was no shelter, trees or building, within a mile or so. As I was running to get out of the rain, I wondered how many times these men had been miles away from their home and in the same situation. I was suddenly very humbled to be called their brother and fellow servant in Jesus Christ. It wouldn't hurt most of us to do some walking and to pray for our brothers and sisters all across the world that serve on foot.