Yesterday as I was getting ready for work I mentally ran down my schedule -Bible Study at noon, the director of music at 1, committee meeting at 7 with regular administrative stuff in between.
I then started thinking about my time at the Wild Goose Festival. Exactly one month ago I was in the hill country of North Carolina with my son Justin and a good friend, Barbara, and about 1700 other folks for a weekend that centered around music, spirituality, the arts and justice. It was a tremendous experience and one that I don’t want to forget about in the midst of the busyness of day to day living.
Interestingly, the one thing about that experience that is still hard to forget is my encounter with chiggers…you know those microscopic arachnids that leave one feeling all itchy for days and days? Believe it or not – I still have marks on my skin from the dozens (yes dozens) of chigger bites. Oh my!
I kinda wish that instead of chigger bites I could visibly see the marks left on my heart and mind from participating in the Wild Goose Festival, or Iowa Annual Conference earlier in June or Sunday worship with my Trinity United Methodist Church family! All of these experiences have, in recent weeks, impacted me as a person of faith in ways big and small.
I would like to hope that anyone who has a spiritual experience would say something similar. I know what happened, and how I have been affected, but it’s often hard to tell others about my personal experiences with the Holy One. It's also a bit scary...truth be told.
Regardless, it really is so, SO important share with others how our lives are touched and transformed by God’s love and presence. If we keep these God moments bottled up inside we aren’t being salt and light to the world, one of the most important things that Christ-followers are supposed to do according to Jesus;
“let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt seasoning that brings out the God flavors of this earth….You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this!” (see Matthew 5:13-16 The Message)
Whether you start out small sharing with your family and moving toward sharing your experiences with friends, I believe you will be richly blessed by telling others about your experiences of and with God. For starters, just answer these 2 questions: where have I seen Christ/God in action this day/week? And who am I going to tell about it?
To God be the Glory!
In Christ, togetherDeborah