Monday, August 11, 2008

In His Time

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
-Ecclesiastes 3:11

I had a “God moment” today. I met with Pastor Lisa today for lunch to plan the worship services for the next few months. We chatted over sandwiches, brainstorming and organizing. Then the conversation moved to other areas of the church: dreams, plans, and what’s missing in our current offerings.

I mentioned that one area that I saw lacking was the area of missions. And for the simple fact, that I think if Rob is ever going to find a home in a church it’s going to be through mission work. My goal is not to “convert” Rob or “save his soul.” Even as his wife, I don’t believe that I get any say on his spiritual understanding of God. That’s the most personal thing on Earth (and beyond, I guess). However, I wonder what it would be like to share that aspect of our lives with each other more often. And yet, because I’m his wife, he’s not going to get there through me. When I ask him to come to church with me, he just hears nagging (although he’s willing to oblige every now and then).

As I articulated this, Lisa’s mouth dropped. She said, “That’s so amazing that you said that.” Apparently her husband had mentioned this morning, “I wish there was some way to reach out to Rob.” And, she had suggested that he invite Rob to help with some construction project around the church.

I’m not an extroverted Christian, by all means. So sharing this story, even in this relatively “private” domain is a little weird for me. But it was just a reminder of a favorite hymn that my grandmother taught me when I was younger, “In His Time.”

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