Monday, August 23, 2010
When God Smiles
Had some things happen at New Hope yesterday that I know made God smile. Theologians tend to get a wee bit anxious when you start assigning human traits and actions to God, but there are numerous references for people pleasing God, and I've got to believe that He wouldn't sit there like a Baptist with a sour pickle face. When things happen here that change a person's eternity - God smiles. Like when a person decides to follow Jesus - to come home.
5 When you see them coming you'll smile—big smiles! Your heart will swell and, yes, burst! All those people returning by sea for the reunion, a rich harvest of exiles gathered in from the nations!
Isaiah 60:5 (MSG)
Awesome to see that happen. And then to hear about a need in our community and the instant and passionate pursuit of a way to meet that need? As a pastor, combine someone getting save with others getting busy serving the "least of these" and it's an incredibly encouraging moment. Then there's next Sunday - our third annual "Barefoot Sunday" where we'll end our collection for Soles4Souls and some of us will leave barefoot to experience even for a little while, just what people without shoes do all the time.
There's more going on in this smaller church than anyone riding by would ever know. We've got to let them know.
Hey - now you do - so go tell someone!