Faith In The OC

Sunday, June 26, 2005

OK - so we did make it out to Pathway this morning and had a wonderful time connecting with some of the other young couples that also have young kids!! It's been so long since we have met people even remotely close to our age that also have kids. Especially hard to find down here in Orange County. After visiting and letting it all permeate we have said yes to Pathway. We will be leading worship there starting next Sunday! I am really excited to see what God does with us there as well as all the people. We also a had a great time hanging out this afternoon with the pastor of Pathway, Andy. Great guy and we really seem to be on the same page with most everything which is refreshing.

We also led worship at South County United this evening. It was a CRAZY evening. Everything seemed to go wrong on the front end. The sound system wasn't working properly and then the sound person that was supposed to show up didn't. My guitar strings started breaking. The power points weren't working so we couldn't project the words to the songs. The situation just started to get very stressful and that is never a good way to go into worship. I ended up taking some time out after we led a couple songs in the beginning, changed my guitar strings and prayed, "God please turn this thing around and take this back!" As I was praying I realized that God was asking us to just have a "living room" experience. I guess I should define what I mean. It's that feeling of just sitting around with great friends in the quiet setting of a living room and sharing life in a real and deep way. So I just unplugged and brought the stools up close to everyone (it was a small group tonight anyway, maybe 20 or 30). The worship was incredible. God definitely showed up and we worshiped in such a raw way that has really been missing for awhile.

I want to close this evening with a verse:

Matthew 11:28-30:
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

We read this passage this morning and it struck me then but has stayed with me all day. We are all weary and burdened. Maybe not right this second but I would bet that at some point this week we will all leave a day weary or burdened or possibly both. God says: "I will give you rest." Also notice that he says "come to me." He is asking us to come to Him, to choose Him over all the other stuff that we use to medicate: TV, A stiff drink, A dip in the hot tub, etc. He is saying "spend time with me!" In God there is rest for our souls and when our soul is at rest so the rest of our body can be at rest.