When we end one chapter we begin another. When we end a story we start another. The journey to preaching a sermon has been long and winding road (!!).
So the first sermon preached on Sunday 10th April was not the end – it was just another beginning. But one celebrated with friends and family who touched me deeply by travelling from near and far to “be there”.
I did my bit by turning up. He did His bit by moving me away from my “preaching notes”. And then He did His thing. I just went into God O’clock and tried not to “look down” …
i.e. think too much about my notes “over there” and out of reach … think too much about was I on track – or was I losing the plot …
My own thoughts after the service? I had let God down. I had got in His way. I was deflated. And like a good trooper I kept that to myself and smiled and chatted and did all the stuff one does. But inside … ?
And then I listened to this recording as I made it into a podcast. And listened to it again. And then again – this time with my sermon notes in front of me – the ones He had moved me away from after a couple of minutes. And as I compared the recording to my notes – I saw and heard something amazing! I had not lost the plot, gone off track, let God down … none of that!
He had simply moved me away from my notes so He could some neat editing. He had taken out some of the “me stuff” and added some the “Him stuff”. And it was “Him stuff” that made sense in that service – in that moment – with those gathered there. WOW!
I know the theory – I can say the words about “love is always the answer” – and I believe them. I know them to be true. But on Sunday evening He showed me what that really means. He gave me “the practical”:
If you stand up in His name (and if you allow Him to speak), He WILL put words into your mouth. He DID put words into my mouth (and take a lot away that I had intended to speak). He finished on time. He finished wonderfully. Oh – and something else … He never stops loving (not even for a millisecond)!
So here it is – the beginning of another chapter, another story …
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