I am heading out to Milwaukee today to speak at a revival meeting for a couple of days. I will be seeing a couple of brothers in the ministry that I haven’t seen in a long time. It should be a good time of fellowship and preaching the Word to God’s people.
I have always wondered about revival meetings. There are pros and cons to these 2- or 3-day gatherings. Some of us might have experienced these meetings in high school. You know very well that sometimes the blessings from the gatherings are short lived (a.k.a. rollercoaster ride spirituality). This in turn causes people to get cynical and guarded against these types of meetings. But I like to look at it from a different angle.
As I look at my life as a whole, I realize that there were many “significant” moments. I think back to the time when I first learned how to ride a bike… my first field trip… vacations with my family… the night when I received Christ… getting my driver’s license… breakup with my girlfriend… committing my life to pastoral ministry… wanting to quit from ministry but God renewing my heart… my wedding day (and night)… the delivery room when my kids were born (experienced this 3 times)… the list can go on and on.
All these “events” and experiences were significant because they have made an impression on my life. They are like the anchors or the pegs in the ground where I can look back and say that God was orchestrating things in my life. Every single retreat and every single revival meeting are like those pegs in the ground in our spirituality. God always does something fresh… even if it is the same lesson, He teaches us in a new way.
As we continue to mature and grow in our faith, we will be able to connect the dots (pegs) and come to the conclusion that God has been writing our story all along. Our God is so faithful. I am praying that God will use me at this revival meeting to put down another peg in people’s spiritual journey.
More to come.