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Profound Truths Learned in Simple Moments

Have you ever been doing something insignificant and in that moment God speaks?

We recently took a little weekend trip down to Savannah to visit some family and spend some time on the beach. I wish you could have seen how excited my boys were to be on the beach. They wanted to be buried in the sand, build sand castles, chase seagulls, play in the water, and take sand baths. We did it all!

However, once we started to build the sand castle, the boys quickly wanted to move on to something else. So, I ended up building the majority of this massive sand castle by myself. Every 10 to 15 minutes the boys would come check my progress and do just enough damage to think they were helping. In the midst of all that, God reminded me of several truths.

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To be restored, one must break first. Our lives are just like the walls of a sand castle. At first, it’s frustrating how often the walls cave in. However, every time a wall would fall, I would restore it. Eventually these walls  were much larger and stronger than when I first started. I’m currently learning this principal in my own life. Some walls in my heart have caved in, but God is restoring, refining, and strengthening them.

The Lord desires our help, He doesn’t need it. I loved every minute my boys were with me. I was getting to build something awesome with my sons. Yes, they slowed me down and messed things up quite a bit, but it wasn’t about what we were building, rather that we were building it together.

Is it not the same with our Heavenly Father? Does He really need us to do anything for Him? Does the Creator of the Universe need anything from us? No way. But it’s not about that. It’s not about what we’re doing, but who we’re doing it for. God doesn’t need us to advance His Kingdom; He reigns forever regardless of what we do. He simply wants us to be a part of it.

The bride of Christ is a force to be reckoned with. My wife is an amazing woman. She has senses and instincts that I don’t have. Once we started building the sand castle and the boys were back and forth, I trusted Kelli to keep her hawk eyes glued to the boys. That allowed me to focus on building the castle. Now, I was capable of watching the boys and building the castle at the same time, but I didn’t have to because my bride could handle it.

The bride of Christ is the same. Is the church not an extension and representation of her husband? I believe the presence of God shows up through His bride all the time. I believe when the church helps with financial struggles, addictions, depression, marriage, mourning, and pain, she is serving as the presence of God.

I love hearing from God in the little moments like that. Just when you think what you’re doing doesn’t really matter, He speaks.

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I am a southern boy that loves to spend my time with my beautiful wife, Kelli, and my two boys, Liam and Levi. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and playing guitar, designing things, Braves baseball, being a husband and dad, but above all I love to worship Jesus… especially with music. I am a Creative Arts Pastor at Southern Hills Christian Church where I focus on graphic design and music.

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