I’m a retired minister; past the 3/4 century mark. I’m a member of a great church with a truly missions and discipleship heart. I heard a young minister preach not long ago in our pulpit. He closed his message with a terrific illustration having to do with sports. He said that many sit in the boxed seats and stands and cheer their team on. But they are not in uniform and they are not in the game.
For some time now I have been sidelined for reasons I shall not get into here. They are things that have committed me to be at home pretty much 24//7. While I’m happy to fulfill this particular call, I have felt at times like I’m not in uniform, not in the game like I used to be. So, as the young minister was closing the service with his sports illustration, I struggled with what he was saying. I was thinking, “Lord, I’m unable to play the game (carry the ball, run the bases, interact with the players) like I used to do.” I felt conflicted.
Then the Lord reminded me that I have had, for many years, a heart for intercession (this blog speaks to that). The Lord spoke to me and said, “Dude, you’re still in uniform and you’re still on the field, in the game. You’ve been carrying the water in prayer for decades. That desire has intensified in recent years. You’re carrying the water in prayer now more than ever.” I felt affirmed by the Lord.
My final thought in that service was this: Every team has a “Waterboy.” The waterboy is in the game, part of the game and he wears the team jersey. He carries out his role like the rest of his teammates. What the Lord was saying to me was this: I, like the waterboy, am carrying the water (intercession) for my team (God’s team). I’m in uniform and faithfully doing the job I was asked to do.
I walked out of that service thinking, I am on the field, honored to be a waterboy. No box seat for me. I’m still in uniform and in the game. So, “Thank you Lord, for my job. I’m honored to be Carryin’ The Water.”
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My thoughts exactly since our move, 29 May 2019. My corner on tge sofa in the morning is where I ask God to move mountains. I live on the bridge of prayer. And…always pray for you and your precious family. Love ya Nancy (The pic is from northern Norway) [Image]
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****************We Are Standing on Holy Ground
When I walk through the front door of our house, I sense His presence and I know this is a place where love abounds, for this is a home where God abides. O we are standing in His presence on holy ground. We are standing on holy ground, for I know there are angels all around. Let us praise Jesus now, for we are standing in His presence on holy ground.
In His presence I know there is joy beyond all measure and at His feet sweet peace of mind can still be found. For when we have a need He is still the answer > reach out and claim it for we are standing in His presence on holy ground. We are standing on holy ground, for I know there are angels all around, let us praise Jesus now, for we are standing in His presence on holy ground.