A few months ago our church NewChurch Georgetown asked our dad to help them make this video by sharing about his relationship with our mom. We are proud to share this little bit of their story with you here.
These days it’s pretty common to be invited to the civil union of a same sex couple. It might be a friend or co-worker or someone even closer like a parent brother,sister or other family member but as a Christian that often brings up a hard question. If I go am I compromising my faith? What does my going say , that I approve? When you love these people and you want to know how to best answer that question it can start to feel like a tug of war. I don’t have the answers but at the Exodus Freedom Conference this past summer a couple named Alan and Denise Taylor shared their testimony and touched on that very question and what they shared changed my heart on this issue completely . In this blog post Randy Thomas shares about that and his own thoughts on this question. I hope you find it helpful. I know I did. You can purchase a copy of the couple’s testimony from the conference here, you can also purchase lots of the other testimonies there as well but the Taylor’s is about the 14th one down.
Wait upon the Lord. UUhhh how often do we hear that ? It can come from a friend or family member .Maybe they are just trying to help, maybe they really don’t know what to say or maybe they are just trying to keep you out of jail … but sometimes it comes from the Lord himself. Ever have that conversation where you are sharing with a friend and you tell them, “I’m not hearing from God” or “ It feels like God is silent” it can be the most frustrating thing in the world .
I don’t like waiting, I am a do-er , If there is a cause, I am ready to champion it. if there is a battle I am ready to rally the troops and join the fight. Wait! what are you talking about God, you have prepared me for battle, lets do this! So when all you are hearing is nothing, it’s understandable that you might feel lost.
In the midst of this silence I decided to turn to scripture and see what all this waiting is about, turns out God says that a lot. Does He know the human race or what? In Psalm 27:14 it says “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say on the Lord.” In Isaiah 40:31 it says “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength.“ Ok so I see in that, that God wants to use my time of waiting to renew me and strengthen me. But what if I feel strong, what if I feel ready?
Matthew 23:37 says “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.”
That’s what I imagine God is thinking when I have been too hasty and rushed into action when I knew I needed to wait. How blessed are we to have a God that is always willing to give us another chance to be a part of what He is doing!
Maybe another aspect of the waiting period is that God is doing something. Maybe He wants us to wait and see what He is up to.
Psalms 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.”
Perhaps what God is trying to get through to us is that He has created this time of waiting as a provision of rest, of renewal and of wonder. God didn’t need Moses to part the red sea but He wanted him to be a part of what He was doing. I think He also wanted to show Moses the wonders He could do on the behalf of His beloved. If you are going through something that feels hard and you just want God to tell you what you need to do but He is staying quiet think about maybe telling him that you are ready to see Him do something awesome! I don’t know about you but right now I wanna be someone who can say the words from Isaiah 25:9 “And it will be said in that day: Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him and He will save us. This is the Lord; We have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”