Thursday, May 21, 2009
from the inside out...
Tuesday we left Wanaka, but not before we had to do something very significant. It’s been on Jane’s heart for a long time and especially lately the importance of baptism. Jane was baptised as a baby but God has been gently leading her to a place where she felt it was right to be baptised as a believing adult. As she has been a testimony for so long now in her walk with God it wasn’t so much for this reason that she decided to do it but more in obedience to God and as a declaration to the heavens that she is a child of the King.
We really wanted to do it in Wanaka as it holds a special place in our hearts so we went down to the lake very early on our second to last morning there. It was freezing. It had snowed hard the night before and we were like ice. Poor Jane! And me I may add as I had to do the dunking!! It was an awesome experience. I was so proud of her taking that step. It can seem insignificant but the symbolism and declaration of baptism has such power. It was a fitting way to end our time in Wanaka, and also pretty funny as we looked like two lunatics and probably sounded like them too with our yelping from the cold! We actually had been thinking of using the jacuzzi that was in our caravan park, but there was something about that that didn’t quite sit right!
We met our friends later for coffee which was great. Better than great actually, they are such an amazing encouragement and so real. The coffee place closed, but they decided we hadn’t finished talking yet so we went to the place where one of the guys works to keep chatting. The chatting turned into praying as he told us we had words for them from God. Turned out we did even though we didn’t know it. When we rid ourselves of our pride and being self-conscious it’s amazing what God can say through us. We also had a chat about church and realised that what we were doing right there was church. Praying, encouraging, giving testimonies, laughing, near crying, being raw and honest, and having good coffee - that’s church! It doesn’t have to be enclosed in four walls with a 30 minute talk and 3 songs. That’s a meeting. Church is community and people being real and themselves. Hopefully we can get it right and incorporate our Sunday morning meetings into church!
The last word Darren had for us was to go out and just do it. Heal the sick, cast out demons, words of knowledge for people, and love all over people like only Jesus can. It’s about being obedient to God and being up for bringing the kingdom wherever we go. We can get so caught up in theologising everything and putting things in formula’s and boxes that we forget that God is outrageously bigger and better than we ever give him credit for and for some reason he wants to use us to do his will. What’s his will?
On earth as it is in heaven....