Several months back, we entered a season of rest and pruning as a Missional Community. It meant a whole lot of abiding, personally and as a family. We all began reading the Moravian Texts together, found ways to connect with the Father on deeper levels individually, and spent lots of time just being together. At our retreat at the end of January, we were all sensing the Holy Spirit preparing us to swing back to the other side of the pendulum, to work. We weren’t sure when and what it would look like, but we were rested and ready.
The second Sunday of each month, we gather for Family Worship. As we sat down to begin, we were prompted to change our plans. It was almost like a direct challenge, “you said you’re ready to work, so let’s get to it!” Instead of carrying on with our order of worship, we decided to head to the local park to see what the Lord had in mind. As we walked, we began attracting kids, kids, and more kids. Some were kids we’ve been in relationship with, but most were brand new. We ended up starting a pick-up game of touch or tackle (depending on who you were) football with the older boys once we got to the park. The younger kids got pushed on swings, played chase, and started their own tiny version of football. One little one asked, “are you family?” Yes, yes we are. We’re a family on mission to bring the Kingdom to this neighborhood.
So often, we have to be willing to throw our plans out the window in order to follow God’s plans. And many times, we have to be willing to begin working in order to see what the work is.