One of the greatest benefits of the Christian journey is the ability to connect divine dots as a means of discerning long-term vision and maintaining inspiration. Of course the Word of God (not only the text but our intimate conversation with Him), along with the collective feedback from fellow journeymen and our accountable, sustainable outcomes, all must be factored in to qualify as discernment.
However, the true challenge for the believer, as I observe, might be simply that we often build far too few altars to memorialize these dots and eventually those unmarked moments become lost in the hustle of ‘life’ as we know it in America.
This all came to my mind yesterday as I addressed a group of emerging leaders bent on transforming the church as we know it (hats off to them by the way).
Somehow in the moment it was as if the Lord kept pouring into my mind “Kodak moments” retained for sharing…stories that had garnered much endearment to me over the years and each time with their sharing, my own vision was renewed. It also seemed that as I shared those stories, that renewed vision added a deeper sense of capacity to bite off whatever next assignment the Lord might next bring into my life…at my age, I was encouraged, a powerful spiritual dynamic was at work!
However, those moments were there first because by grace I had acted in obedience over time, but also because they have been marked repeatedly through my testimony, as well as my writing and journaling. Our lives are unique and deserve recording, not only so that we may marvel, though we will if we walk in obedience to the God of the Universe; but also for the next generation, providing “altars” of encouragement as they move into the unknowns of their era.
The bottom line of my writing is to en-courage the younger to not only pursue God, but also to celebrate those pursuits through the occasional revisiting of their “thin moments”, recording outcomes and even building new altars, so that in the last days of one’s life, more than a history lesson exists…rather, a passionate, all but overwhelming gushing forth of His presence comes when your tell His Story!
I experienced that just yesterday and am revived!