On The Move
April 25, 2017
“They say Aslan is on the move—perhaps he has already landed,” [said Beaver]. And now a very curious thing happened. None of the children knew who Aslan was any more than you do, but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different…. At the name of Aslan, each one of the children felt something jump in its inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer. –The Chronicles of Narnia
Its been twelve days since we celebrated Easter and I can’t stop thinking about all the ways God was and continues to be, on the move! Let me tell you about a few:
- A teacher in our Learning Ship Christian Preschool was reading the Easter story to her class of three years olds. All eyes were glued to her words and the pictures in this amazing book. As the teacher turned the page and read to the children, “Jesus is not here, He is alive,” a little girl was so excited she shouted out, “Yes! I knew it! I knew he would be ok!” (Think for a moment about the hope and faith that was rising up in this child and the impression this made on her young heart. It’s likely this was the first time she heard this true story about Jesus!)
- Two young boys, on two different Sundays, while sitting in the worship center, absorbing the truth being spoken by the pastors, felt God calling them to be baptized. It took both sets of parents by surprise, but it was no surprise to the One who was calling them! No doubt, these two had an encounter with the Living God, chose to lean in, and courageously take the next step in their faith journey!
- I heard many people say that goosebumps fell over their entire body at our Easter services; including a friend someone invited, who happens to be Muslim. This young man in his late twenties experienced God here and is curious about Jesus. He has a friend who loves him and is living out the mission of this church trying to help him find his way back to God.
- Three adults were moved to be baptized during the service. None of them came through our doors planning that day that they would say yes to Jesus, leave with wet hair and soaking clothes, forgiven and free in Christ!
These stories of God on the move brings me to another quote in the Chronicles series: ‘They turned and saw the Lion himself; so bright, and real, and strong that everything began to look pale and shadowy compared to Him.”
May we all experience the things of this world growing strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace! I want to encourage you again, just as Pastor Tom challenged us in his Easter message, to be like ‘the Mary’s’ and take the next step towards Him wherever you are in your journey. Remember, you’re not alone, you have a church family eager to walk with you!
Family Ministries Director