Faith assumes that your senses and reason aren’t all that trustworthy (Hebrews 11:1). Faith makes room for out-of-body experiences because God wants to equip you for serving Him (2 Corinthians 12). And faith warns you that visions and dreams aren’t so much about rational content, but about shaping you and empowering you to stay committed in the face of temptations to surrender to the fallen flesh.
It also includes the smallest things. So I had trouble with running my knobbies on the bike, with two flats in two days — simple small thorns penetrated the tire casing and the flat-proof liners together. I can’t afford to deal with flats after every single ride, so I restored my hybrid tires because they’ve never gone flat, not once. I’m still going to spend time on the trails, but I’ll have to face a slight disadvantage in sand, gravel and mud.
And the same faith senses that somewhere ahead of me I’ll be using that fancy camera a great deal. So I suppose I’ll need to set up a free account with some service that hosts tons of images, because I’m running out of space on this blog account.
By faith I was willing to try out posting videos on YouTube, but that project has no life in it. It’s not a bad or dumb idea, but the wrong one for my ministry right now. Still, the experience of trying and failing has shaped me and empowered me, just as much as if I had a more complex out-of-body experience. God uses whatever suits His whims.
If we covenant together here at Kiln of the Soul, the Lord will grant more signs and wonders among us. Not just to fill our thrill, or to prove a point, but because He’s extravagant in meeting the needs of His servants. Nothing and no one is beneath His notice; He speaks to us in the most obscure and insignificant events if we are prepared to listen. Still, some of us will experience things the rest of the world would never believe, even if they saw it themselves.
Ready for a wild ride, church? Saddle up, because it’s already begun.