PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: I apologize for the earlier accidental posting for those of you who subscribe to receive emails when I update. I was TRYING to embed a video into the blog and for some reason it doesn’t seem to work. In my heightened state of aggravation, I’m so relieved I chose not to type out a bunch of profanities that would then in turn end up getting sent out all over the place. Awkward!
Despite the rain and the return of the cold weather, and despite the fact that someone little in our household received a synagis shot (to prevent RSV) it was a good day. Her terrible sadness only lasted a few minutes and then she was back to squealing again. Nothing a baff couldn’t cure!
There are the moments throughout the day when fear and worry start to trickle in with the sound of the raindrops on the roof, but I am quick to recall the message at church this past weekend. Specifically the story of a family who CLEARLY has the power of the Holy Spirit fueling their every breath.
I was attempting to embed the video of the weekend service into this posting, but the code keeps deleting when I save it.
So since that won’t work CLICK THIS. Please, please, please, PLEASE watch at least the few minutes of the story starting at minute 9:30. The entire service is AWESOME and I strongly encourage you to watch it when you have an hour to spare.
I was so incredibly moved by this family’s story in so many ways. Were someone to have explained this story to me without the luxury of a video to share, I might have envisioned a nerdy 80s televangelist looking guy whose wife was a homely little churchmouse in ruffles and a full-length denim skirt — people I couldn’t possibly relate to or have anything in common with. Not that there is anything wrong with nerdy 80s televangelist guys or homely little churchmice in ruffles. (In fact, I think I might be the reigning queen of homeliness these days in my stone washed denim sweatpants. Judge not… )
My point is, we can make excuses to stay caught up in our familiar way of life by assuming that people who really open up to the power of the Holy Spirit (such as these people in the video) are some “strange religious weirdos” / “people I could not possibly relate to” / “people that don’t want to have any fun”. Those excuses don’t hold up when I see things like this. I see the love in their eyes, I hear the passion in his voice when he talks about his kids, his wife. I see something “other worldly”.
I think God knew that I’m much too much of a procrastinator and an excuse maker to actually go out and take on that kind of responsibility on my own. But ultimately He knew that my family and I would be CRAZY BLESSED by suddenly having our lives drastically altered from what it once was. Life is not easy or comfortable for us, but through our struggles and through our days of uncertainty we find ourselves drawing closer and closer to the Creator, the one true God, our Savior and Lord. He strengthens me with power through his Spirit in my inner being.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
(Ephesians 3:16-21 NIV)