As folks were leaving the church yesterday, there were many folks who wished me well or said they would be praying for me while I take a Sabbatical this summer.
A couple of comments stood out.... One woman shared that the Lord told her while I was preaching to tell me "not to feel guilty for taking a Sabbatical." That was a good word. Hard to let it go. Hard to leave friends and calling alone for a season. Another comment: "Climb up into HIS lap and soak in His Presence." That is what I am going to try to do this summer. Besides the study, the time with other ministers, and being present for the Provincial Assembly of the New Anglican Church in North America, I am going to try to be "still and know that He is God" spending lots of time alone seeking His Face and dwelling in His Presence. As Psalm 31:20 says: "In the shelter of Your Presence" and "In Your Dwelling place."
Charles Swindoll writes: "Our Lord operates in realms far beyond our ability to comprehend, but He longs for us to explore and experience that which is beyond the obvious. Some of His best truths, like priceless treasures, are hidden in depths most folks never take the time to search out. Our loss! Patiently and graciously He waits to reveal insights and dimensions of truth to those who care enough to probe, to examine, to ponder... Job 11:7-8 - 'Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty? They are high as the heavens, what can you do? Deeper than Sheol, what can you know?' ... He reserves these things for those whose hearts are completely His... for those who take time to wait before Him. Only in that way can there be intimacy with the Almighty."