I guess several days have passed since my last entry. We've stayed pretty busy with Alabama Teen Camp last week and the ABA meeting this week. God has added two more churches to partner financially with our ministry, and I have learned of two churches who chose us as their missionary for VBS.
This week we've had a difficult time getting together with a good friend of ours. Every time we try to meet up, something seems to happen. Today, we were supposed to meet and sit with one another at the World Missions Focus, but I didn't see him when I walked in and actually got trapped on the other side of the room. I took a seat and sent a text message to see where he was, and then the meeting started. I decided to wait for the opportune moment of silence and make my way down the row. The opportunity came, I got ready to excuse myself, and an entire family began walking towards me. Blocked again. Ok, I'll just sit here then. I listened to three very good messages on faith, but the missionary booths were opening up at 4:00pm, and I needed to get upstairs. There was only one problem: I couldn't move! Even if I decided to make my way down the isle and say "Excuse me, pardon me, excuse me, pardon me" 50 times, those rows were way too close together for things not to get awkward really quick. I was like the children of Israel: hemmed in on all sides, and the seas weren't parting. There was one more speaker left, and it was already past 4. I sent a text to my wife, "Sorry. You're going to have to take care of the booth for a while. I'm stuck here."
Then, for the next 15 minutes or so, I heard one of the most beautiful testimonies I've ever heard. Not only was I physically rubbing shoulders with the guys next to me, I was doing all I could not to start crying on their shoulders. I remember thinking, "Thanks a lot man! Not only have you made me stay here against my will, now you've made me cry! Congratulations!!!"
When the message was over, I realized that this wasn't an accident. I would have totally made an early escape if I had found a seat anywhere else in that room, but it was the fourth message that I needed to hear today. God reminded me although the ministry He has given us is HUGE, we need to start looking at things from a different perspective. We can't approach our ministry by measuring how small we are against how large our task is. We need to measure our large task against the enormity of our infinite God. That is not a direct quote from the speaker, but it's the best I can remember. There was an invitation given at the end. I would have walked up to the front to pray, but...you get the picture.