Our church is currently being blessed with a lot of activity. This week, the site for the school that will join our property has begun construction. Footers are ready to be dug and the foundation laid. Meanwhile, this weekend, we are hosting our second Annual High Fiber Festival. Volunteers are being recruited, parking layouts are being designed, and signs are being hung for this great event that raises money for outreach ministries. Both events are wonderful signs of vitality and life at Hickory Neck – and yet both events have been the victim of all sorts of things out of their control. Permit approvals delayed construction at the school. Delays in school construction have created challenges for parking at the Festival. And now rain seems to be threatening progress and success for both.
I have been thinking that both projects seem to be challenging my long-held battle with control. As I imagine many of us do, I sometimes fall under the illusion that more things are under my control than actually are. I consider myself a pretty faithful Christian, but when issues like control arise, I realize how far I have to go. I think that phrase, “Let go and let God,” was written for me! Lord knows, I cannot control the rain!
That is why I love that we get the Acts lesson for Pentecost this Sunday. Talk about a people whose life are completely out of control! If the cross, death, resurrection, and ascension were not enough to make the disciples realize they are not in control, perhaps Pentecost would be. I imagine the disciples were finally getting their feet on the ground and preparing themselves to take up Jesus’ mantle of spreading the Good News. But none of them could have prepared for the dramatic event of breaking into tongues all at once.
What I love about Pentecost though is everyone hears in the din of noise. Despite the chaos and seeming utter loss of control, those gathered can hear clearly. I wonder if that might be an invitation for us this week – to look at the chaos and situations in our lives that seem out of control and see where we hear God’s voice. Maybe God’s voice is speaking to us directly. Maybe God’s voice is speaking to us through a wise friend or confidant. Maybe God’s voice is speaking to us through strangers or the seeming “coincidences,” of life. I’d love to hear your stories of where you have heard God this week!