Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Seeing Him Through the Rain

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24

This verse seemed to be a constant theme this week for the group that Krista and myself co-hosted.  This Fourth of July week was one not of sunshine, BBQs and all that would be expected of the 4th. It in turn was a week full of rain, waiting, cancelled plans because of the rain, being wet and tedious-laborious work. It was a struggle to see the true underlying lesson in all of the wetness and cancelled plans, along with the many mundane jobs that came our way. 

Krista and I often worried if our students were going to be able to see God in the things that we were doing. We were worried that the rain and cancelled plans would deter or distract the students from learning to love to serve the city that we love. But despite all of the plans that we had in trying to curb the lessons for our group, we figured that God must have had a different lesson for us. 

No small task is meaningless. Every single thing that our hands find to do can be used as an opportunity to serve our Savior. We were challenged when we were sweeping parking lots, but we swept for our Lord. We were frustrated when we folded 200+ shirts, but found joy knowing that it was all for our King. We were upset when the rain ruined our plans, but were glad to find that God was teaching us to relate to people were this is their reality. 

Perspective was everything this week and our group did an amazing job at being flexible and open to serving the city in a number of ways. God was faithful this week, in showing us Himself in every possible way, even when it was least expected. We are thankful because we didn't expect Him to show up in those moments, but those were the moments that we saw Him the most. 

- Corisa, CSM Nashville Summer 2013 City Host

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