This morning, I pulled up to the church to see one of the most incredible, most powerful things I've seen during my time in the ministry. I'm really, honestly, kind of floating on air right now. You can just feel it here; God is up to something. I've been saying it to everyone who will listen. I don't know what it is or exactly how this is going to play out; I only know. I know that I am front row and center for something special and I hope that I convince others to join me as we watch this unfold. I think we're going to be front row for the miraculous.
During my time here and I kind of alluded to this in the past post, I keep hearing patience in my heart and spirit; wait and watch. Now this doesn't mean that I have been sitting still; that would be an impossibility for me. But rather, it has been a case of being obedient, following nudges, doing my part, and then allowing God to do His. Something is happening here.
One of my fascinations in the neighborhood has been the graffiti, it is literally everywhere. Much of it I don't understand, much of it I do. There are profanities and there are threats. There are no doubt declarations of turf ownership, perhaps even markers for drugs. But there are others, things that are much easier to decipher. As Christians, we're always looking for some sort of sign (didn't Jesus warn about that???) and yet, I'm a firm believer there are signs all around us. God communicates and Creation communicates. My neighborhood communicates. My experience is that more times than not, the signs we seek are right in front of our faces.
I found this sign quite accidentally. I was walking down an alley and simply had the urge to turn around and this is what I found. This sign breaks my heart every time I see it and I try to make sure I see it every day. I wonder who wrote it, what drove them to write it, and where they are now.
This is the sign that I found this morning when I came to church. My heart absolutely soared to read graffiti on the side of my church (it is only chalk). To me this is a sign; a sign that the light is beginning to pierce the darkness, that spiritual realities are in fact being impacted. Here in the midst of darkness, someone dared to share some light. I know, I know, this is nothing more than some chalk written on the side of the building. Yeah? Well come and spend some time here with me, front row and center with whatever God is doing and you realize just how powerful this is. That is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
My neighborhood communicates and is bathed in signs. Staring at the graffiti this morning I could not help but to think of Paul's words in 1Cortinthians 9:19-23, "For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I became as one under the law -- though not being myself under the law -- that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law -- not being without law toward God but under the law of Christ -- that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings."
Today, I spoke back to my neighborhood in their language. Today, another sign was delivered...
God is moving in South Louisville.