Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Meeting With God

Today, I find myself overwhelmed by God’s goodness, by His mercy, by His presence. It’s one of those times when you feel Him, you are moved by Him and you sense the Holy Spirit among the others you are with.

I was seated on a couch, packed in the living room of one of our pastor’s homes, with 21 other pastors and their wives. It was the 4th monthly meeting of pastors to take place in Lubumbashi. The air was a bit stuffy, mostly because the temperature is starting to rise again, the room smelled of fish, rice and beans in preparation for our fellowship meal. Macy and Connor were outside playing, talking just loud enough that I could make out what they were saying in French and the District Superintendent was sharing from Isaiah 60.  “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” Quietly, a voice began to sing a hymn, another joined and soon the room filled with beautiful harmony and rhythmic clapping. With united voices, we prayed for our churches, we prayed for each other, we prayed for those close to us who are sick and we prayed for different needs around the world. And, in the midst of it all, the Holy Spirit was moving.

I’m so thankful for times when God reveals His glory; those precious moments each day when he says, “I’m here.” 

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