spoke to a group of about 50 people this weekend at a weekend seminar time.  The topic was a buzz one.  I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what specifically it was.  What impressed me the most was the “hunger” people had to listen.  It wasn’t a church group, but it was a group of churched people. They came from a host of different churches and backgrounds but shared a common hunger to hear something in the area of interest.  The material I presented was pretty good stuff—but not that good.  I was amazed at how they gobbled it up, thanked me for it, referenced it through the weekend, and asked me for second helpings.  It was satisfying to me as well as to them.  They planned on taking it home and putting it to use right away. 

The quick reaction on this kind of experience is to long for it on a daily or weekly basis.  Why can’t every Sunday be like this? Why can’t every occasion feel like this?  Why can’t people always be like these people?  Perhaps because “the Spirit blows where it will”?   Perhaps because it was a unique occasion shaped by the multitude of events in people’s lives?  We all like reactions and it was satisfying to see reactions.  But sometimes we don’t see reactions.  Are we to conclude that we can simply dismiss listeners as inattentive to the Spirit of God, and un-hungry for the things of God?  Do we give people the 90 second rule that if we can’t see the light in their eyes in the first minute and a half, we dust them off and move on?  Or is there a nobility to the faithful, competent attentive care of God’s people put in front of us? 

 

 

 

Two things come to mind:  who knows if even in the quiet, non-responsiveness, something of consequence is happening that will be like the slow forming yet power movement of the glaciers?   I felt the warmth of my bride in the first kiss, but now 30 years later, I know and believe in her love for me.  She has proven it over the seasons through thick and thin.  Faithfulness, steadiness is a noble thing especially if it validates the genuineness of the offer.  But also, does faithfulness not also set us up for those incredible adrenaline charged moments that were we not faithful, we would have no business nor any capacity for handling?  It seems to me that Sully Sullivan qualified himself to land a disabled US Airways Jet in the Hudson River by faithfully, capably landing jet planes for close to 30 years.  Who knew that morning that the routine take off from LaGuardia would be interrupted by the passing of a flock of birds causing the flight to land in minutes in the midst of a body of water. 

 

 

Ministry is lived in the moments and measured in the lifetime.  Gotta have both. 

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