Articulating the Inarticulable
That's God, right?!? In so many ways. Our thoughts, our feelings, and our spirit, sometimes we don't have the words. I hate that. Because expressing the most profound, intimate parts of ourselves to another person is the deepest connection that we can forge together. It's the opposite of isolation and exclusion. It's inclusion, and belonging. And everybody needs that.
...The Spirit steps in and articulates prayers for us with groaning too profound for words. Don’t you know that He who pursues and explores the human heart intimately knows the Spirit’s mind because He pleads to God for His saints to align their lives with the will of God? Romans 8:26-27 (The Voice)
Songs on a Mission was like that for Jarrod and me. It's not entirely unfamiliar, I have experienced God blowing me away many times in Honduras and in Haiti, enough that I guess I had compartmentalized in my mind God's miraculous acts as confined to developing countries and Bible times. Uh yeah, think again.
One of Jarrod's favorite verses is from John 14:12, "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father." Like, greater than turning water to wine, healing lepers, feeding five thousand, raising the dead? Ooh, careful there.
Over the years I have gone from skeptical, to doubtful, to hopeful, to trusting Jesus' declaration. And I've been a part of it again and again, because I'm always invited to be where He is. I'm not unique; everyone is invited, to be included, to His work; in fact, Jesus' declaration for us on earth depends on plurality.
Unlike Jesus, we are not single-handedly capable or powerful to produce the miraculous. As II Cor 4:7 says, "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves." We is the plurality of Christians who choose to include themselves in God's works. Biblically, God can manifest himself even more powerfully today when Christians exhibit unity of purpose than when He himself walked the earth as a party of One.
That's what happened Thursday night at Songs on a Mission. All the time, talent, and treasure that was freely and cheerfully donated for this event was amazing, but the element most inarticulable was, IS, the surpassing greatness of the power of God.
And I will always want a ticket for that. God bless us, every one!