We’ve all been there. In some place. During some season. We got complacent and started coasting. We felt like we knew what we were doing. We were doing just enough to get by. Maybe put it on auto-pilot too often. And over time, we lose some of that fire, that drive, that passion and desperation we once had.
Some of us rediscovered that desperation and passion through unfortunate life experiences. In those difficult moments or crises, we became desperate for God to do something…ANYTHING! But, all too often, that momentum ended too.
But does it always take crises and tragedies and suffering to awaken us to do something about our restless complacency? Are we simply victims of our circumstances and dependent on bad things to make us the kind of people who are hungry for God to move in our lives?
What would it mean for us to become desperate people? What would it look like to desire God more than anything else in our lives? What attitudes, habits, and disciplines have people who experienced the desperation engaged in to express their longing for God to move in a powerful way through them?
And how does Ash Wednesday figure into all of this? Why do we give up things for Lent? How do these traditions factor into our lives today? What is their value?
As we prepare to gather on Ash Wednesday and enter into the Lenten season, journeying towards Good Friday and Easter, we are going to engage these questions. We will see how people throughout the Scriptures were awakened out of their complacency, moved out of their restlessness, and experienced God in powerful and precedented ways. We are praying that we become people who are desperate for God to move every day.
As we begin this journey together, I encourage you to reflect on this prayer from Sir Francis Drake. My pastor, Dan Yeary, shared it during NPHX‘s morning service yesterday and it reminded me of the first time I heard it in a message from Pastor Craig Groeschel at a Catalyst Conference.
Disturb us, Lord,
when we are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord,
when with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
(When) we have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.
Join us Sunday night, February 12th, for the beginning of our new Crash series, Restless People.