So, I yesterday morning, I experienced a pretty incredible miracle. Before anyone worries, it's not health related... just the amazing hand of protection by Almighty God. That said, it's one of those situations where you know something is wrong, but you don't think it's quite "that bad" until after and someone "in the know" looks into the matter and says, "Here's what's going on."
When you're reply is "Seriously? How in the world? I knew something was up, but not like that", you know that disaster has been averted. And it wasn't anything I did to avert it. As I began thinking about how to rectify the matter in the next few days, I considered the effectiveness of the church. Truly, at times, there is a grace over church leadership and operations. Perhaps everything isn't perfect; running like a well-oiled machine, but you're getting things done and getting were you need to go... even if it is running on borrowed time offered by the hand of God that includes a couple doses of grace.
And of course, in those moments, you know... you recognize as I did, something is amiss and not knowing eventually becomes more of a hassle than knowing and so you have to have a reality check and figure out where the problem exists. Sure, it may result in a worst-case scenario problem, but at least now you are "in the know" rather than in the dark and you can create a game-plan to moves you toward resolution(s)
It may take an outside observer to speak up, about the potential seriousness of the issue. It may take the Spirit of God, prompting you to search out someone who can help. Eventually, the not knowing will drive you more crazy that knowing. And that may not be true once you do know what's going on, but again, a fully-informed perspective is a more powerful place from which to act and negotiate than the position marked by a huge question mark.
Thus... pray, this #effectiveSunday, that whatever is going on in church, that is keeping the body of Christ from being effective and efficient, they would start with the area(s) that seem amiss. Pray they take the time to look into the matter; even if it requires a set of experienced eyes. May they be ready to have to act on the information that comes to light, if there is any intention of making the situation better or re-evaluating if anything should be done differently altogether. May the grace and protection of God be with them, even after they discover just how far they had traveled on borrowed time. Pray God's strength and protection in circumstances, the seriousness of which is not yet revealed. For as He cares for the birds of the air, how much more does He care for those He created in His image.
Situations will get better...
Operating as they should.
The grace and protection of God.
For His glory.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.