In the Blink of an Eye

It felt like decades of praying.

Well, actually, it was.

Decades of working with the Word and claiming His promises for our little church. Decades of building, one brick at a time, one word at a time, one breath at a time. Decades of hope against hope, faith filled word, standing on truth.

And just like that, in the blink of an eye, the building is bursting with people.

All kinds of people. Needy people, lovely people, hurting people, loving people, giving people, crying people, dying people. All lovable and so precious in the sight of God.

God’s suddenlies are beautiful.

And just like that, we moved from the “in” crowd to the outside of the circle.

It’s neither right or wrong, this not being in the center any longer. It fits like a glove. To try and stay in the center would be like seeking to fit a square peg in a round hole; it simply doesn’t work.

And our role, it changes.

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We become those who welcome the new generation. We tell of God’s exploits and we get on our knees. We share the wisdom of the years of building, praying, claiming, suffering, rejoicing and resting, and we let them experience what we know is so, because we understand that knowing Him is where it’s at.

We are revitalized with the energy of their youth, their first love so fervently displayed, the wonder of  new life, their fresh revelation, and they let us experience what they know is so, because they already understand that He is the point.

A strong middle is emerging, growing day by day, as the younger crowd creates new bonds. They make plans in which we are not included, and it’s perfect that way.

That center, it’s the answer to those years of prayer.

The circle needs the outside as much as the center–the outside, it’s the structure that defines the middle.

The center, it bears witness to God’s utter faithfulness. The outside, it bears witness to God’s utter faithfulness.

And together, we are true family.

God’s suddenlies are beautiful.

 

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2 comments

  1. Meaning no malice or disrespect, would there really be a need for an inner and outer circle if you were a true family (one body)?

    Ephesians 4:15-16: “but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”.

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    • Oh I so agree with you, Barb. I did not mean it in the sense that we are divided into two circles, but rather that the older folks surround the younger ones, each joint indeed supplying what it is meant to supply for the growth of the body in love!

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