Few people like being in dangerous places during storm. Yeah, there are some oddballs who like to stand on the breakwater while the waves crash around them and some people like to chase tornadoes, but most of us would rather hunker down and ride it out.
This week something hit me … sometimes Jesus actually sends his followers into the wind and waves.
I’m an American. My God is supposed to exist to make my life easier and make me more comfortable, right? I like scripture that I interpret as telling me that I’m like David. Look at me go! Watch that mean old giant fall. Woo hoo! Send me a card to tell me how awesome I am.
I read a lot of books about leadership. I know 21 leadership laws and practice the 7 habits of highly effective people. Casting vision, getting “buy-in” and setting goals have all been in my jargon. I’ve promoted “excellence” at the expense of people rationalizing that God is worthy of excellence.
What a load of crap. I guess that’s what I get for reading books proof-texting scripture rather than going directly to the Bible.
Lately I’ve focused on Jesus sending his disciples into a storm so that He could meet them there. I’ve read of the Israelite people being freed from Egyptian slavery to wander in the desert. Both groups thought the goal was a region when it was really relationship. The disciples thought the goal was the other side of the lake and the Israelites thought it was the promised land when the reality was God’s desire for deeper relationship.
How many of us have, in the name of excellence, cast people aside because they weren’t polished enough for our show? Henry Blackaby is right, excellence might grow the church but casting people aside does not grow THE CHURCH. We need to see God’s focus on long-term character and commit to the same.
I’m learning to look for Jesus in the storm rather than immediately beg for relief.