Paul preached at Bundimulinga, ostensibly to the congregation but by grace words that were very encouraging for us. He talked about Moses, in the scene in the cleft of the rock where he begs God to go with the Israelites, and then asks to SEE GOD. This is a good picture of where we are as a team: we want to move forward, but only if God goes with us, and in the process our real goal is God Himself, not a successful school or an easy life. God answered Moses, not because Moses was articulate or persuasive (remember he always made his brother do the talking), and not because Moses always did the right thing or was strong or smart. He answered because He delighted in Moses' asking, because once again His intention is to make His power known in our weakness. That gives us boldness to ask this week that God would show up in our meetings and plannings, not because we have the right formulae, but because He delights in our dependance upon Him.
We ended the day with team worship and communion, led by Ward, with a similar theme. Jesus gave the beatitudes not as a list of things to do or be, but as a demonstration that God's blessing flows to people who lean on His promises. Again we were encouraged, that our hunger and weakness and poverty of spirit can be the very place where God brings His Kingdom. As we closed with a rousing chorus of "For All the Saints" with it's view of the final fulfillment, I sensed God's presence to lift our eyes to the future inevitable reality of His continuous presence.
So please pray for us this week, as a team, to keep our eyes on God's power and promise, not our own deficiencies and struggles. We probably can't handle even the glimpse of the trailing end of glory that made Moses glow weeks later . . . so let us be content with whatever He chooses to give us.