Tuesday, June 12, 2012
“UGH! Mom! Where are all the churches when you really need them?!”
A few months ago, we were on a family trip to the lovely state of Wisconsin. To pass the time for the seemingly endless car ride that my kids were experiencing, “Are we theeeere yet?” We were playing a fun game of Travel Bingo. (I know none of your kids ever ask that question right?)
We were nearing the part of the game where we were all frantically searching the road sides for the last item that would complete our row so we could triumphantly scream, “BINGO!” when, my 6 year old daughter exclaimed,
“UGH! Mom! Where are all the churches
when you really need them?"
I was speechless… Her frustrated little plea hit me like a ton of bricks. I know… I know she was just frustrated because she wanted to spot a church quickly so that she could mark it off her Bingo card and scream for joy at beating her siblings to the win, but she was profoundly right on another level.
She had hit the nail on the head. My husband even replied too her, “You’re right honey. You are right.”
It struck such a cord with me that I confess I flipped my bingo card over and wrote down her words. I sat there lost in thought, completely losing the game, because I couldn’t stop reading that quote of hers over and over, and over again.
It struck a deep cord with me because this simple question had already been haunting the paths of my heart for years. It sounds even more peculiar if you know me, and know that I attend a very healthy and active church. God was using my daughter’s frustration with the game to cement it into my heart in a way that I could no longer ignore it as I had been.
I decided to no longer view this problem as so big and daunting that I find myself thinking, “What in the world can I do about it?” Instead, I will just be obedient and remember how big my God is. I have now started this new adventure and I will fill you in on what God has been challenging me to do. So far it's been a lot of work, but amazing as usual. God is faithful!
If God calls, then I have to answer. It’s how many an amazing adventure starts with Him and I don’t want to miss it even if it seems crazy. I am just a mom. I am just a volunteer youth worker. I am just a follower of Christ, but I do know The Great I AM, and He is the one that counts. He is the one who will do the changing. So here I am Lord send me.
Will you join me?
Can we be God’s hands and feet together?
Can we be the church not just go to church?
The adventure may look different for each of us. It may take each of us to different places or keep us in our own neighborhoods. We are just answering God’s call to be His church, not just attend it. It has nothing to do with the actual building and everything to do with what you are building with.
“Church arise, arise and shine
Shake yourself from the dust
God is calling us to go” -Leeland
Please take a moment and listen to the words of the song, "While We Sing" by Leeland. I have it posted in the previous blog.