"When you did awesome things that we did not look for..." Isaiah 64:3
Looking back over the past 20 years is pretty amazing! God has truly done some awesome stuff that I didn't expect. Oh, I had hopes and dreams but my faith was probably shy of the mustard seed required to move mountains. Despite my limited faith He chose to do "awesome things" that I didn't expect. Aren't you Glad He's like that?
Harvest started in a small living room, moved to an old abandoned pizza place, relocated to an arts center, shuffled to an empty beauty college, and then transplanted to a beautiful 2 acre church campus in American Canyon. God had His hands leading us the entire time. It was only by His grace that we were able to purchase property and even more of His grace that has enabled us to grow into it. He has done 'awesome things' and I know that He will continue to do 'awesome things' in the years to come.
If we're not careful we take for granted the blessings that are poured out on our lives and ministry. Every step along the way it is God who moves and directs our path though. If we are ever tempted to think it's our tremendous leadership abilities or talent that have gotten us to where we are today then we are in BIG trouble. We are just the tools in the hands of the carpenter.
As I'm preparing to move into a new ministry role I'm finding myself a little nervous. I've been quite comfortable here in familiar surroundings. Everywhere I look there is evidence of God's grace and blessings. All of a sudden, God has called me to leave the familiar and head off into the unknown again, and I am desperate for Him to move and do "awesome things" like He has done in the past. I've always believed that nervous is a good thing in ministry, within reason. Nervous, to me, is acknowledging that apart from Christ I'm in way over my head.
In Isaiah 64, the prophet is calling out to God and asking Him to "Do it again". In Isaiah 64:1-3 the prophet says, do it again Lord "to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence". We should also praise God for the "awesome things" he has done and ask Him to do it again so that everyone will "tremble" at His presence! The world around us needs to know that God blesses His people.
Take some time to reflect on all that God has done for you, then call on Him to continue doing those things.
Have a great week!