Do you ever want to run away and hide? That’s how I felt half way through our service on Sunday. I try hard to communicate in creative way and had planned a fun packed service, it just didn’t work very well. The fist video clip didn’t play properly, the story I told following this was a flop, my balloon powered car didn’t work properly and I burnt the popcorn.
In the past 18 years working as a minister I have led hundreds of services and this is as wrong as things have ever gone. I felt like giving up but then we had a led meditation on needing God’s presence to fill us and change us (see below for what this was about). It was a good time of refocusing and getting things in perspective, we then sang some songs to focus more on God and all of a sudden the world felt like a different place. Ithen talked about the fruit of the spirit. That in the same way that a fruit tree naturally produces fruit, these things will be produced in our lives if the Holy Spirit lives in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The final thought in the service was that no matter how wrong things have gone that God can restore us. The irony of this point wasn’t lost on me given how wrong things had gone earlier.
How do we respond when things go wrong? Do we run and hide? Do we lash out and blame others? Do we melt down? Do we turn to God? I am so glad I met with God in my stress and frustration on Sunday and that he kept me going. I felt that the end of the service was really meaningful and this could have been lost if I hadn’t refocused on God who is ‘our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble‘ (Psalm 46.1). God is there for us, longing to help. I hope that we will turn to him more in our everyday lives.
The popcorn themed led meditation that got me back on track:
- Think of the kernel and how useless it is by itself. Do you ever feel like that? Tell God about it.
- Think about the heat beginning to transform the kernel into popcorn: Ask God to transform you.
- Think of a full bowl of popcorn. It is fulfilling it’s purpose. Ask God to show you who he made you to be?
- Think about a bowl overflowing with popcorn. God can do more than we ask or imagine. Do we ever limit God? Do our problems ever seem too big for God? Trust in God now believing that God can supply in his way.
- Think about someone complaining because they wanted salted, not sweet. God has made you in his image and he is at work in your life. Pray that you would accept and become more secure in who God made you to be.
This blog is dedicated to Daniel Beckett who also tried to make popcorn in his church on Sunday (find our why popcorn helps us understand penetcost), but unfortunately his popcorn maker started to smoke as he did this. See, it could always be worse!