A different perspective

Last week, I walked some of our youth around the property looking for blackberries and was reminded of the blessing of our 14 acres of property. Two days ago during our staff devotion, I found myself climbing the hill where the crosses are located and looking at the church property from a different perspective. Yesterday I got to give a tour of the church and retell the story of how we came to be and the values and principles upon which we are based.

During that staff devotion time, we read together Isaiah 58 in the Conference Room and were asked to silently consider the question “Lord, what do you want to do in me?" Then we each moved to a different place, read Isaiah 59 and reflected on the question “Lord, what do you want to do through me?” Finally, we moved to another location, read Isaiah 60 and asked the question, “Lord, what do you want to do in this place?"

I admit, although I have been coming to this same place multiple times a week for over 8 years, I saw things differently when I slowed down to a different pace. The church building looks very differently when viewed from the top of a hill than from the parking lot. The sanctuary looks different from an adirondack chair on the platform than a chair on the floor. The activity of God in my life looks different from a place of stillness than a place of whirlwind.

No matter where your adventures take you this summer, whether down the street or to far away places, may you be able for a moment to see things from a different perspective and be blessed when you see God revealed.

As you prayerfully prepare for worship, read 1 John 2:1-10 and consider whom you have recently had to forgive and who has recently had to forgive you. I hope your summer is going well and I look forward to our time together in worship!

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Mike