Are you going anywhere this summer? It’s a question we often get in casual conversation with everyone from a friend at work to the checker at the grocery store. It’s summer time and it seems everyone has plans to go somewhere; to the cabin, to the lake, to your relatives, or on a road trip to some great vacation destination. Our youth group is even going to Alaska; how cool is that?
I think we ask this question in part to hear about fun things others are doing and perhaps to live vicariously through them. Maybe we hope to get inspired and go someplace ourselves. After all, it feels great to be on the move and to be moved.
We are in the beginning of the season of Pentecost, the period when we celebrate God sending out his spirit so that all might hear of his mighty works through our lives. It is the specific work of the Holy Spirit to drive us out, to lead us on a collision course into the lives of others that need to hear a message of good news in their lives.
Rather than your vacations, I would love to know, where is the spirit leading you this summer? It might be to a place well known, not too far from home, or it might be across the country. I share with you this story in case if might inspire you.
The spirit led me to a small town in Iowa this summer. Not to a lake or a retreat center, but to a courthouse where a young man stood trial for a very serious crime. I felt led there because this young man is a child of God, confirmed in our church, and he needed someone to stand with him at a time when few others would. I felt led because he needed to be reminded that there is nothing that can separate him from the love of God in Jesus Christ. I felt led because his family needed to feel their community of faith surrounding them and praying for them in what was one of their darkest moments. I felt led because that is what the spirit does, where the spirit goes, not just on fun excursions but everywhere where someone needs to hear.
Where has the spirit led you this summer, and did you ever think it might have been for more than the great view? We are ambassadors for Christ, wherever we go, at Grandma’s and at the lake. We are ambassadors for Christ at the town pool and in the National Parks. We are ambassadors for Christ everywhere we go because we live in a world of fear and doubt where people yearn for what we have…hope.
So tell me, where are you going this summer? I want to hear about it and be inspired as you share how you lived out your faith in the remarkable and mundane locations of life.