A Church with a Heart for our Community

August 19th Wednesday

Greetings! I trust that you had a great weekend and a grand start to this week! For those who may be looking for yesterday’s blog…please let me know if you find it because I don’t know where it is! Never mind, it was great …take my word for it. It looks like another beautiful and warm summer’s day…”this is the day that God has made!” Today, I will be praying for you, asking Father to release ‘wholeness’ to you and purpose in your life.

Yesterday, I had commented about going to a movie: Ricki and the Flash. It was really for some entertainment but somehow God used it to remind me of an important truth…and He did it through a song–what a surprise. The tagline in the song was: I still haven’t found what I am looking for. In the context of the movie, the song was an expression of the character’s longing for meaning in their life. Being curious, I ‘googled’ the title and found out that it was performed by the singer Bono and the band, U2. Although it is a rock music ballad, when you read all the lyrics – there is a deep gospel theme.

Two further thoughts grabbed my attention. First: “…But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3: 13b-14 NIV. The apostle Paul – still had not found what he was looking for. Second: “You have made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you” – St. Augustine. Another man who could say – “I still haven’t found what I am looking for!”

I have a sense that God doesn’t want us to stop in our journey. He wants us to be like him. In fact we are told in Genesis that man was made in the image of God…and God is always on the move. Three times in the last week I have shared these words with gatherings: “When I see God’s name mentioned in Scripture, I often find a verb somewhere nearby. God is constantly on the move. Though we may not always see him or sense him, he is actively engaged. Consider for a moment a few of the verbs of God. God answers, bestows, blesses, blots, calls, cares, cleanses, clothes, comforts, corrects, counsels, covers, cuts off, delights, detests, disciplines, encourages, fills, forgives, gathers, gives, guards, guides, heals, hears, helps, holds, increases, keeps, knows, leads, lifts, listens, loves, opens, pours, preserves, protects, provides, purifies, rejoices, remembers, rescues, restores, rewards, satisfies, saves, speaks, strengthens, sustains, teaches, upholds, watches, works, and wounds. – Indeed, our God is fully alive. He is ever=present. He is ever-active. He is ever-involved. No matter what my emotions or mind or circumstances may try to tell me, the truth is that God is not only present, he has movement. God is not a spectator; he is actively engaged He is on the move.”  Margaret Feinberg – The Organic God.

So when the song starts to bounce around in my mind, I join wholeheartedly in the line – “I still haven’t found what I am looking for!”  With God, it seems like there is always “MORE!”

Something to think about!  Be blessed!