On our one and only flat windowsill in the house I have tiny pots of seedlings. Shoots are springing up, but the chili seeds are very slow. There’s not been a sign of any life until this morning. When I pulled up the blind this morning there was the first little shoot in one of the pots. Teeny, tiny, but it gave me hope. The seeds weren’t dead! Now I’m looking forward and expecting the other ones to come up.
It started my day off with joy. Little things like that make me happy.
Tonight we had our mid-week group at our house, ‘Life Group’ as we call it in our church family. We eat too many sugary things and chat, we laugh a lot, we sing songs of worship, we talk about God’s word, we pray for each other or some combination of those things. It’s a good time. Lately things are shifting. In a lot of ways we’re doing the same as we have always done, but God is doing something with us – He always is really. He’s speaking to the whole church about revival and saying to each of us, ‘Now what are you doing about it?’
Where there used to be the occasional story about what God has done through the week, now there seem to be a lot more. Tonight we heard of someone’s experience of God healing them, someone had the opportunity to share their whole story of how they first encountered Jesus with their co-workers, and there were words of knowledge for people while out and about doing normal life. Not everyone had experienced amazing things, some of us had stories of failure while trying, but there is more expectation that God will do things when we step out in obedience. That’s what we pray for each other for. We know that Jesus is at work. We’re expecting more stories that will give glory to Him.
It’s like we’ve seen the first shoots of something new, giving us faith that there is a lot more to come.
““For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:10-11 ESV