God never ceases to amaze me. One thing you may not know about how we roll at Hope is that not every part of the service is planned. There is order, yes, but there are moments when we stop and just have to wait on His Spirit. I’m thankful for those moments. I am closest to Him when He decides to draw near to me.
One fun fact is that Pastor Mark and I never talk about what he’s speaking on in my preparation for the invitation or the closing song. NEVER. We love to be surprised by what the Holy Spirit orchestrates. I’ll admit, it’s frustrating at times. I want it to just be easy sometimes. But I also love being forced to allow my decisions to be informed by God.
This past Sunday was one of those really powerful Sundays. At the end of Hosanna, I thought: “Wow, God, how could you possibly have more in store, and we’re only halfway through the service!”
Pastor Mark taught on spiritual blindness and ways that we can avoid being bamboozled by the lies of the enemy. As he spoke, my heart started to smile, because I knew what the closing song was and how perfectly it fit with PM’s message.
As we walked on stage to sing/play “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace), I wanted to just get it started! It’s a song about blinded eyes seeing. The chorus comes from the famous hymn, Amazing Grace:
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see
The lyrics to the Bridge of that song are:
I can see You now
I can see the love in Your eyes
Laying Yourself down
Raising up the broken to life
Anyway, this may not excite you, but it thrills me. God’s presence is the ultimate experience we can have here on earth. That more than anything makes me long to see Him face to face.