33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
This morning my wife and I were woke up at 4:00 AM when our room filled with so much light that, for a split second, I thought that someone had flipped a light on. The light disappeared and was replaced with the crashing sounds of thunder. A few seconds later our door busted open and our dogs, who had escaped from where they sleep at night, came in panicking because of the storm. My wife comforted the dogs and took them to the living room and fell asleep on the couch with them.
I laid there in bed and memories of when I was a young child came flooding back. I remember laying in bed and hearing a storm developing off in the distance. My body began to fill with fear as the thunder grew louder and louder. I remember laying down on the floor next to the couch with my pillow and blanket and thinking that as long as I was near my dad that everything would be okay. I remember the light from outside shining in the windows and how it turned off several times as the flashes of lightening lit up the sky.
Growing up I was always afraid of storms. I became nervous and uncomfortable whenever the little tornado icon appeared on the television screen. I lead a Sunday morning service for middle school students and our lessons are completely planned out for the rest of the school year and we do this so students and parents know where our teaching lessons are going and at the end of the year we can see where we’ve been. A Rush of memories of moments in my life that I was filled with fear began to flood my mind. I couldn’t fall asleep and then God put the idea in my mind that I needed to completely change my lesson that I was to teach in 5 hours. That my lesson was to be on the fear that we have and how we deal with it. We walked through several Bible verses about fear and it was a great lesson that I know God had me lead because someone needed to hear it.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our plans that we forget to listen to what God wants. C’mon, we can’t break away from our calendar. We spent an entire day devoted to planning out the entire school year’s calendar and we even bought the big fancy post-it notes to write out our plans on them.
It is in those moments where we listen to what God wants to do in us that we truly see God do a work in us. When we listen to God and step out in faith and do what He calls us to do…that is the faith that can move mountains. When we realize that our plans are meaningless in terms of what God’s plans are.