It’s Sunday morning and I am getting ready to head down to Living Water Church, where I bring the message to about 100 people. Roy always leaves about an hour before I do (we live 5 minutes away) so he can make sure the Church is “ready.”
Every Sunday morning I wake up tired. Not physically really, mostly brain tired. Does your brain ever get tired? Mostly from the “What if’s” in life.
Saturday night/Sunday morning my :”What If’s” consist of:
What if I oversleep?
What if I get there and absolutely no-one else shows up? (Roy even decided to leave after the “setting up!”)
What if I forget the words? (honestly that’s an absolute in my case!) I never use notes or written out sermons, If it’s not in the heart, it’s not being said.
The BIGGEST WHAT IF THAT BRINGS ON MOST OF MY SUNDAY MORNING ANXIETY—-
WHAT IF GOD DOESN’T SHOW UP?
My whole sermon depends on God showing up!
My job is getting the bases loaded. I tell the story of the Scripture we are using. I get the bases loaded in the 20 minutes standing before everyone. You should really see my people. It’s great seeing their faces while the story is being told. They are like little children, God’s little children, so absorbed in the story and the anticipation is seen on each face as the last batter comes up.
When I say “Now let’s bring the story back into this Sanctuary, what does that mean to the time 2016 and all of you sitting here?” They are ready for the home run.
Have you ever watched a baseball game and your team has 2 outs, the bases are loaded and your best batter is up to bat. That is exactly the place we are always at on Sunday mornings.
Inside my heart and head “God, I am done. Are you ready? You are up to bat!?”
The crushing anxiety of the next few seconds felt only inside me, “please don’t leave me!”
Jesus: I will never leave or forsake you – now move so I have a clear view of the fence!”
And there it is – a GRAND SLAM HOME RUN! No one walks out of God’s living room the same way they came in!
So after 14 years of preaching why do I still have Anxiety on Sunday mornings?
Never take God for Granted!
It is a privilege, not a set stone, that He will show up.
He does not go where He is not invited.
He will not be used for your – Glory has to be HIS.
What is your anxiety over? Is some of yours wondering if God is going to show up in your life?
Can you imagine how God feels when He already knows you’re not going to take time this morning to show up in His!
Love to all – Get to Church!