For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.
Matthew 25:29 (NIV)
Have you ever been in the midst of an intensely personal moment, where a sermon speaks solely to you (everybody else in the sanctuary may have felt the same way, but I’m the only one writing)? This is not a first for to me. When God has a Word for you, he will make a way for you to hear it. Sunday’s message challenged each hearer to do the best with what we’re given, for we will be called to account, like the servants in the parable of the bags of gold. It’s time for me to connect the dots.
|Julian Jackson, Galaxy 2003, painted stones on boulder |
Challenge from the sermon…Even those without jobs have been blessed with time. What are you doing with it? My BFF and I were recently discussing how writing has become my job, in the meantime. It is what I do when I don’t want to get out of bed, don’t want to move, intend to feel sorry for myself, but cannot. Writing has become what I do; what I am, like the tree that exists to be a tree, I write.
Message from the sermon…when you are aligned with God, you are clear that despite it all, your sense is “yet I will praise You.” My life is different than the life I lived not so many years ago, but there is and always has been abundance. I just wasn’t paying sufficient attention. I knew this in April 2011, but it wasn’t yet time to connect my dots.
Here’s the thing about grace, it moves quietly. If you’re not paying attention, you miss it all together. “I almost forgot …” That’s Grace. “Why didn’t I see that before….” That’s Grace. “Really, I couldn’t, are you sure….” That’s Grace. “Whew, just when I needed it most…” That’s Grace. “Thank you for the compliment, I didn’t realize anyone was paying attention….” Grace. Unexpected Grace, like you’d appreciate Grace as much if you knew it was just around the corner. Which it always is, though we never seem to remember. Unexpected Grace. Evidence of abundance unlimited…
Call to action from the sermon…God wants to promote you. But do you know how to serve? Have you been faithful? It’s time to connect the dots. Here’s the thing about the dots…maybe your dots seem out of sequence, or, violating the natural order of dots that need connecting, have no numbers. If they are your dots (if it is your time, your mission, your ministry, your opportunity) only you can see the sequence. Why? Because God created just those dots for you to connect.
Time to get busy. I will be called to account for what I have received. And if I haven’t done everything I was supposed to do with all I’ve been given, I will not be where I belong to receive the blessing He set out for me, and that won’t be a good thing. I think I may have found my dots. I’ve got to get connecting. Norman Hutchins sings God’s got a blessing with your name on it. Well, it’s time to get mine, and share it with the world.
Connecting my dots. Inspiration and confirmation from my Sunday sermon. My message from the Universe, an intensely personal moment, at the precise time I was prepared to hear it. Just another reminder that God is good.