September 21, 2018
“….Yet, You (Yehovah) have said, ‘I know you by name and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way that I may know You, that I may find grace in Your sight….and He said, ‘My presence shall go with you and I will give you rest.’” Exodus 33:12-14
Hidden within Moses recount of his conversation with God is an amazing revelation. When I recognize that Yehovah knows my name and I have found grace in His sight if I ask Him to show me His way so that I might know Him (as opposed to wanting information so I’ll know what to do and where to go), I will find continued grace in His sight and His Presence will go with me. In His Presence is rest because its there we find that He is the All Sufficient One and we have no need that He does not fill. This past year has been a very different one for us as we’ve endeavored to follow the “Cloud and the Pillar of Fire.” We have not formally planned any “ministry,” nor have we planned “not to minister.” As we have sought more than ever to “KNOW the One True God and Jesus Christ Whom He sent,” He has drawn us closer to Himself and woven life-giving encounters with Pastors and their families all along the path. We are experiencing ever more consciously that the Holy Spirit brings us into the lives of people, so He can move through us to draw them, as well as us, to Himself. In the past several weeks He led us into the path of several Pastors we know who are experiencing a vast range of life circumstances: a marriage, loss of a spouse, struggles in marriage, growing and learning to thrive in their relationship with Jesus and their spouse, as well as some just simply living life. The variety alone revealed that without the Source of Life moving in every situation we have absolutely nothing to offer. But when we seek to KNOW Him in the encounter, He is there to meet every need. Most amazingly, our God longed to meet each one specific not only to their situation but to their personality, gifts, talents and purpose. And the outcome was that each one of us came to KNOW Jesus and others more deeply. Also, Ron had opportunity to preach the Word to two congregations. And, we “just happened to be in Phoenix” during the 30th Anniversary celebration of Living Water of the Valley, pastored by Bishop Bob Bartlett, where our denomination Superintendent and spiritual covering, Apostle Jack Richey, brought the Word. What a rich and timely word it was.