Tonight I ended up being uncharacteristically late to a meeting. Normally I arrive around 15 minutes before the start of any meeting. But tonight I walked in the building at 5:57 for a 6:00 meeting. When I opened the door, this was what I found! The room was completely empty! I went back outside the room, just to make sure I was in the right place. But, yep, there was the sign and this was the correct place. So it really didn't make any sense that there was no one else there. People did start to arrive shortly after I got there. And I can say with all confidence that I was certainly in the right place tonight!
This week I have been thinking about so many different things... most related to Spiritual warfare. Mixed in with all that kind of heavy stuff, I have also been thinking about my mom and dad. Saturday would have been their 78th Wedding Anniversary. That just doesn't seem possible. Isn't it funny how you never, ever stop missing your parents? My dad died in 1985 and my mom died in 2011. But I still sometimes find myself thinking I need to call my mom and tell her something.
So in honor of their anniversary, here is our family picture from their 25th Wedding Anniversary. I am that little 7 year old! I remember posing for this picture but I know that I didn't appreciate what this day was about. So many memories of my birth family and especially feeling so thankful for my mom and dad and all that they into my life.
Yes, tonight was all about being in the right place. There was no big "event", but all I can say is that I KNOW that I got to the right place at the right time. It was the best 2 hours spent in prayer that I have had in a long, long time. It was refreshing and filling and just what I needed.
Don't you just love it when Jesus knows exactly what you need? I had no idea how much I just needed to be in a room of people, joining together in prayer. My encouragement to you today is to follow those gentle pushes of the Holy Spirit. You know, the times that you really feel like you need to get to a meeting or conference? When you start coming up with all the reasons why you just want to stay home? Well, that is the time that you need to just push through and GO! And here comes another Spiritual Warfare update. That urge to stay home, to NOT go, is a prime example of Spiritual warfare. Satan wants to keep us out of the presence of Jesus and the company of the Saints. It is at those times that it is good to shoot up an arrow prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to help us press through and get to that meeting. When you do, you will be blessed!
Jesus, thank you for tonight. You are a God that gives good gifts! Thank you for providing a sweet treat tonight! Holy Spirit, continue to give us encouragement to gather and worship and pray and fellowship! Thank you for family, for mothers and fathers and thank you for memories and anniversaries. Amen