Imagine with me for a minute. Your company leadership finally assigned you to a project you pitched. You’ve been passionate about this for more than a year. They grant you the time and money to pursue making whatever changes necessary to execute your idea. As the project develops; it’s implemented perfectly. This may be a stretch, but imagine you receive some local notoriety for your efforts. Our newspaper does an article on your project. Keep your eyes closed and keep imagining…the article strikes a cord in public opinion. You begin to be recognized and experience a small measure of fame. Then, one evening, as you’re sharing your latest “you won’t believe this…” story with your spouse, your phone buzzes. You receive a text message from a DC area code claiming to be from the White House. They ask if you’re available for a brief call. A little puzzled, but excited, you quickly respond you’re free.
Three long minutes later, your phone buzzes with the DC area code and you pick it up. It’s the assistant to the President’s Chief of Staff. They’ve seen the newspaper article. The President has been working with a team of legislators and your project offers insight into their work. He’ll be in town at the end of the week, and wants to know if you have 30-45 minutes to discuss your project. He’d like your input on how it might help his efforts for our country. Are you available?
Your answer would be a big, fat YES! Can you imagine? Maybe not, but if we twisted the facts to fit your life, and for some reason the leader of the free world wanted some of your time, would you clear your calendar? Yeah, regardless of how blue or red we might be. Our ego would be stroked, and we could disguise it as helping our country. We could even tell our friends it’s a matter of national security. Bottom line: would be there, on time, sharply dressed, the project folder in hand and we’d be ready to help!
Hmmm...while our President is one of the most powerful people on the planet, Psalm 33 tells us there is ONE who merely spoke, and the heavens were created. John 1 tells me The ONE is JESUS CHRIST, The WORD, through whom all things were made. And better yet, I know from John 10 & 17, HIS desire is for us to know HIM and be close to HIM.
HE’s available. Psalm 121 indicates HE never sleeps and is watching over us; close enough to be our protective shade. HE has granted us promise after promise, and grace upon grace. The greatest of which is our FATHER in heaven, who desires to be known and close to us, always wants to have a meeting with us. How much might it thrill HIS heart for us to clear our calendar and focus on being ready to meet with HIM, in the same way we might prepare for a president or a king?
At ACF, we’re in a season of prayer and fasting. We’ve been challenged by Will to consider what we’re passionate enough about, to give up our comforts. As I consider this; I want to be most passionate about seeking and spending time with my FATHER. I want to be willing to clear my calendar for a meeting with HIM. HE is worthy and HE is better than anything else on my calendar.
“Help me, LORD JESUS, to want your company more than I want serenity, and to love fellowship with you more than I fear the suffering necessary to enter into it.” – Reflections on the Word by Ken Gire