Maybe not at Liquid?. . .

I sometimes think about what God may have for my future. And these past few days have really heightened the frequency of these thoughts. The question that often races through my mind is “What if. . .?” An email I received yesterday pushed “What if?” into a new direction.

What if God moves me away from Liquid?

What if His mission for me takes me away from the body of believers I’ve grown to love and cherish more than any group I’ve been associated with?

Honestly, the thought scares me. I ordinarily shove that thought into the back of my mind and continue doing what I’m doing. But lately the thought has been sitting in my head, unwilling to move or pass on.

Liquid is my home. My spiritual safehouse. The church welcomed me while I was in my most broken state. They were the instrument God used to heal my emotional and spiritual wounds and to get me started on a journey of faith I never dreamed possible.

I seriously do not want to leave. But maybe I have to. Maybe I’ve grown too comfortable here. Maybe my gifts are better used elsewhere. Maybe God is preparing a place for me to serve in a greater capacity.

Then again, maybe God is making me realize that it’s not about Liquid or the people there. It’s about Him. Maybe Liquid Church is my final destination, and this part of my journey is designed to show me that His Kingdom is moving quickly and powerfully in other venues as well.

But wherever He puts me, His love and presence are already there.

This month at Liquid Kids I get to teach the children about Hope. Hope is more than just a dream, a wish, or a desire. It’s a belief that at the heart of the darkest circumstance, God is working for our good. Or, for the sake of the kids’ collective minds, “Hope is believing that something good can come out of something bad.”

Separating from the people you love most is a heart-wrenching experience. But “goodbye” to one thing is always “hello” to something else.

So now I’m mentally and emotionally preparing myself to say goodbye. My desire is that I don’t have to, but if I do, I can have hope that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (emphasis added).

2 thoughts on “Maybe not at Liquid?. . .

  1. @Kenny
    It’s been on my heart for a little while. I know God has bigger plans for me than what I’m currently doing, but as for where those plans will take me. . . I’ve been moving back and forth between taking on bigger roles at Liquid and putting the skills I learned at Liquid to use at a church that could use them. Either way, I want to be ready for God’s “phone call.”

  2. This is a great reflection piece!

    Are we willing to just get up and follow Him when he calls us? Can we be like Matthew?

    But here’s my $0.02: I believe that it is more than about being comfortable…or not. Who could argue that J.C. *wants* us to be uncomfortable in our lives wherever we are?

    Could it rather be that what we *do* need is to build the opportunity to see God’s call for us INTO our lives. If we plan for it, it changes everything.

    In other words, if you going to someone’s home to watch a movie with a bunch of friends, there’s a difference between just going expecting to hang out all night and knowing ahead of time that someone might call you and you’ll have to leave the gathering sometime that night.

    It doesn’t mean you have to watch the movie with your coat on (with gloves, hat, scarf in this weather!), standing by the door with your car keys in hand.

    You could completely get into the movie and fully enjoy it just as everyone else in the room. The difference comes in when you hear the ringing — and how you react. Are you petrified? Puzzled? Annoyed? Ready?

    Sounds like you’re already building it into your plan. Right-on brother!

    BTW, is this a recent prompting? Or is there something that has been defined already which will lead you away from Liquid to God’s next action plan for your life?

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