I felt lost for a moment. Lost in the noise, in all the praising, the working, the studying, the debating... all sword-fights among the brethren, religious politics, current events... plus my own things: trials and tribulations, mountains and molehills.... NOISY. Even in utter silence- it got SO noisy. Everyone is looking for JESUS... "Lo, here- Lo, there!" and oh, how they have lost sight of the obvious! HE is still yet, that quiet, subtle voice- the gentle presence, that it takes perfect stillness to KNOW ((BE STILL)). And tonight- full of sorrow, because I thought I was getting lost... as if somewhere along the noise, I had a moment of fear that I dropped my "purpose". I had become "so serious" over everything- nearly stoic, and my greatest fear would come true and I would outgrow child-like faith.
I took a walk to CVS, for some throat drops, some soup... having the flu and no one at home is sadness. Then on the way out- I was reminded- of the only thing that matters at all. The LORD blessed me to meet a homeless brother. It had seemed so long since I had a quiet moment with someone like this, without the bustle of so many surrounding.
When he told me he was sleeping on the streets, moving from place to place, because JESUS keeps him safe that way... all my concerns about my own life, self-consciousness of my own walk, my own self-centered thoughts just melted away. The LORD blessed me through him, to indirectly remind me of many lessons, shifting back to that humble perspective I had been praying to return to again. While many think they are learning about salvation from the greatest of preachers and revivalists... JESUS is still waiting who will seek HIM in the subtle places, the small places, the lowly, meek and quiet spaces... and I was found by peace again. It just reminded me of those times when as a child, they would tell you "If you get lost- stay still and your parents will find you".
Please pray for a young man named Jordan who has been on the streets over a year. He seeks work, he feels ashamed, and I pray the LORD give him a cloak for his nakedness and cover him. I assured him many, many prayers. He believes in JESUS- "I'm a baptist", he said. And after we prayed together, the smile on his dirt-smudged face as he said "In Jesus name"- was worth more than anything I could have ever gained.
1 CORINTHIANS 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.