Monday, June 7, 2010

CROSS BY THE SEA: I JUST DON'T GET IT!


I just don't get it. Here I live in a community where I run a mobile home park with 95 families. The members of this community come to me when they are hurting or looking for help with illness, stress, or financial help. I set up places they can go for help when in need, I provide food and toys for children and families at Christmas time, and during the year. I pray for those that have health issues, I pray for those that ask for prayers. I strive to provide a safe place to live and volunteer to help out those too financially strapped or ill to repair their homes. Others have also volunteered to take up the slack that are aware of my faith and my mission.



Some have accepted Christ as their saviour. Others call me a miracle worker. but I am far from that. I am just a simple person sharing my love for others in need. A few are well off in this community and chip in when I alert them that there is a crisis. A couple have suggested I become a pastor and start a church in the community but I am not gifted in that respect and the Lord has not led me to do that yet. Some come by my office just to talk and let me know how much my prayers or what I do for them meant. Wouldn't any one do this if they knew there was a need?



What I don't get is when I attend a particular church, I see no love or fellowship except in the click groups. I am an outsider for the last year and a half in this church. I do all the right things and join in on volunteer activity, study groups, and classes. Yet still I am an outsider and ignored most of the time. There seems not to be an interest in developing fellowship with others out side their established groups. I shower before attending church and like David I use after shave lotion after I shave. Still I am an outsider. Perhaps I should stop wearing a gorilla suit to church. As a matter of fact, I gave up on fitting in with this church as my own community of families have so many needs that take up much of my time



Perhaps there is where my church is and I don't know it yet. Perhaps I have planted seeds and don't realize it. Perhaps this is where the Lord has led me in service to others but I don't pick up on it yet. I just don't get it yet. Perhaps the Lord needs to get my attention in a bold way. Then I would get it.

12 comments:

ATHENS said...

What about the message? Is it anointed? Are people's lives being changed at the altar? Are you an altar worker? I just know that my experience Sunday was exactly what I needed, even if no one else there knew my name, God met me there. I think God must look down and sing "People are crazy" sometimes.lol

Tracy said...

It's exciting to read how God is using you in your community. I adore how you care about those around you.

I'm praying for you that God would either help you connect in the local church where you're at, or lead you to one where you can.

Tracy said...

It's exciting to read how God is using you in your community. I adore how you care about those around you.

I'm praying for you that God would either help you connect in the local church where you're at, or lead you to one where you can.

Tracy said...

It's exciting to read how God is using you in your community. I adore how you care about those around you.

I'm praying for you that God would either help you connect in the local church where you're at, or lead you to one where you can.

photogr said...

Thanks Tracy: I need all the help and prayers I can get. I have always felt I was led to this particular community for some reason.

photogr said...

Anthems:

I think there mis a message there. I just don't have the Lords voice tuned in properly yet. No. I am far from being an altar worker but I am a good listener.

Glad to see you had a good experience at the Lord's altar. And naturally, I worry about you some times.

ATHENS said...

Don't worry! I don't ever want to hit the low that got me to that altar Sunday. Help me remember.♥

photogr said...

I will remind you. If you ever need to talk, just email me.

JD Curtis said...

I attended 2 churches, one on the last Sunday of the month and another for all the other Sundays.

Ever think about doing something like that?

photogr said...

JD:

Yes I have. We are visiting some now. Even a charismatic church.

~*Michelle*~ said...

I believe that God has you right where He wants you within that community. You probably have no idea how many lives you are touching/changing. You might not see what will be blossoming in the hearts of the people where you are simply planting the Seeds. But be assured......your works are not going un-noticed and/or are not deemed ineffective.

Thanks for popping in my world today with your encouragement....you have an amazing testimony.

photogr said...

Michelle:

Thanks.

I would like to hope so. There are a few here that need God's grace badly. I just pray that they will turn to God and be saved. A few have already.

Through out my life I have been blessed with many experiences. Through God's grace He has saved me many times and showed me of His miraculous powers. I would be remiss not to share them if it can help others.