Far Back Corner
I sat in the very far back corner with only a few rows left open behind me. I watched as one by one, brave women got up and shared their personal experiences with God. After the eighth woman stated her claim that Jesus is Lord, the lights were dimmed and we all committed a moment of silence to allow their testimonies to sink in. In awe, I lifted my eyes to the ceiling in order to help this process along. Above me was an elaborate ring of vibrant angels that circled an ornately stained, dome shaped piece of glasswork. It was absolutely beautiful and since I was not in my home church, I stopped and gave the artwork the attention it deserved. The more I studied it, I noticed that trumpets rested on the lips of the angels. Without hesitating, I immediately decided that this image suited my experience beneath it well.
I spend so much time planning that I don’t step back and just observe as often as I once did. I realize now that I’m making a mistake. Listening to the detailed stories of how others find forgiveness and hope through Jesus Christ affirms the power found in the Holy Spirit which is the same spirit found inside of me. If it’s just for the simple fact of reminding me of our common bond, I should stop what I’m doing to listen to the good news. We can never hear the gospel and its ability to save and redeem us to often. Saving grace is the key to overcoming any challenge and in my case, successfully accomplishing any goal.
From now on, I will work harder to seek the gospel of peace and enjoy the healing power that lies within its words. Whether it is heard, read, or played out before me, I will pause and give thanks for the precious opportunity to feel Him working in my midst. From this day forward, may I refuse to neglect another chance to honor our King and share in His glory.
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Psalm 23: 1-3