We were losing daylight.
It was getting darker. The woods seemed to be closing in. My wife and daughter behind me, the trail barely visible in front of me. Have I been here already? I can’t tell, it all looks different than it did in the bright light. We are losing daylight, but we must be close, right? I’m starting to wonder if we will get out of here. Now, before you start thinking, “just grab your cell phone, Pastor”, this was when we didn’t have cell phones. So, you say “why not have a map at least, you should always have a map”. I didn’t think I needed a map. I really was starting to get worried. My daughter, Jessica, was sounding a bit panicked, tired of the hike, and kept wondering how much longer we would be. I knew we couldn’t be far from our car, we were close, but just not there yet. Right?
We finally did make it out of the ever-darkening woods and back to the car. We actually had been very close to the parking lot, but I couldn’t tell that from under the thick canopy of trees. Ok, here’s the point, and please don’t laugh, we were at Point Defiance. No, I didn’t say Snoqualmie National Forest, I said Point Defiance Park. (It is a big park, ok?).
Something entirely different.
My point is there are times we are so far from a revelation and yet so very close at the same time. I challenge you to pray on this and meditate on its significance. We were talking to the kids on Sunday about Jesus living in our hearts. Not a hard concept, but even that is surely not simple either. As the Lord was shifting me Sunday morning he pointed out a short phrase I have never really sunk into.
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
As I read Jesus’ prayer for us, as I have done many times before, this time the Lord pointed out to me His prayer for me to be in them! Wow! I know Jesus lives in me – I am the temple of God. His address! Where He lives is “Jeff”. But in this particular prayer He prayed something entirely different, which I had missed up until now. He prayed not that He would be in me, but for me to be in them.
We go together.
For me it is still like being lost in Point Defiance, I know it’s truth, but I also know I don’t fully understand it. I am not there yet, but I know I am not far from revelation.
As we go together, down this new trail of Church Arising, let’s pray to be IN THEM, united, together, listening to His voice, asking for revelation – and let’s get there together!