There’s an Army Rising Up

Bridge at Shinsen-en Sacred Spring Garden

A short blog post popped up in my Facebook feed this morning, words I originally wrote and shared four years ago in a post titled, Cave or Castle? Makes No Difference to God.

“So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men.”
1 Samuel 22: 1-2

I read these couple of verses this morning and the first thought that popped into my mind was:

Isn’t that just like God?

David was on the run from Saul. He was hiding out in a cave. And yet, God still placed him in a position to lead 400 men!

So often, we are looking for ideal environments before we serve.
This has to be right.
That has to be right.
But David was in a cave.

What a great reminder that God can and will use us anywhere and anytime. What we might perceive as an inconvenience, He perceives as an opportunity.

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Last night was our Membership Connect dinner at church. The words above reminded me of one the stories our pastor shared with the folks in attendance.  It was the story of how, years ago, (and prior to being a church pastor) he had a conversation with a man who had decided not to come to church one Easter because he didn’t have nice enough clothes to wear. This encounter was a pivotal moment in our pastor’s heart and one of the reasons you won’t find a dress code at our church. Dress codes create barriers and our desire is to build bridges for folks from all walks of life to walk over.

One of the beautiful reminders (and one that hits me on a regular basis) I had after last night’s dinner was that all walks of life is not simply a nice pretty concept or slogan at our church…it’s real, it’s lived out. Last night, I saw a full spectrum of lives walking through the auditorium doors. Whether rich, poor, old, young…folks arrived to become members and to learn more about ways to serve and get connected.

So often, we are looking for ideal environments before we serve.
This has to be right.
That has to be right.
But David was in a cave.

I read those words again this morning and immediately thought about the homeless couple at last night’s dinner. They have been regular attenders for a while and last night they showed up to take their next step in connection.Their current situation is far from ideal and yet this didn’t deter them. This couple, I’m certain, could write down a number of reasons why this isn’t right and that isn’t right.  But guess what? They serve a LORD who isn’t hindered by circumstances. They serve a LORD who isn’t deterred by lack of money or limited resources. They serve a LORD who will and can use anyone, anytime…all that’s needed is a heart that says “yes”.

The words from Break Every Chain began playing on repeat in my heart as I typed this post this morning.  “There’s an army rising up. There’s an army rising up, to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.” 

Rise up, Lord. Meet us where we are today.

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