Monday, 07 December 2015 00:00

Arise and Shine, Regardless

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ariseshineIf you are like me, there are days where you feel more powerful than others. It just seems like God is so ever-present at times and then there are other days where things feel a little blaze’.

Last night our power went off at 3:45. I woke up and rolled over, knowing I had an appointment at 7am. Knowing that I had responsibility to awaken on time and show up. So before I rolled over and went back to my slumber, I got up and set my iPhone alarm to be certain of my arising.

Having served about 4 years, of my post graduate life, in the personnel field, I recalled this morning how many times I heard excuses for people being late or not showing up for the job they were assigned to. The power going off would have made the, “my alarm didn’t go off” excuse, pretty convincing.

This morning I sensed the Lord saying something like this; “just because the power goes off (or it just feels like it’s off), it’s not a reason to shirk your responsibility to show up.” I sensed He meant this in a day in day out responsibility we have to reflect His love in all situations. There were times when Jesus noted that the power was present to heal. I assume the opposite must have been true as well. We know it was in His home town, at least. Nevertheless, I can’t see Jesus not reflecting the loving image of God to the folks that came His way just because the power wasn’t present for one specific aspect of ministry.

I wonder how often God is waiting on us to be a little creative, to believe there is more that He has already deposited in us than we’ve realized. Many times I’m beginning to believe we are the answer to much of our prayers. When we don’t sense his power, maybe it’s more likely that we’ve grown dim in our perspective of it’s presence. I mean sometimes Jesus healed with mud in the eyes and other times he just spit the very image God was thinking right out of His mouth, literally.
God is a full-spectrum loving God. There are so many angles to gain a vantage point of what He is up to.

So if you don’t feel all so powerful today. Take some responsibility to show up, regardless. Sometimes I think that is all He requires of us. Just show up with your part and see if He doesn’t do the 30, 60, 100 fold thing.

As to the 3:45 thing. I landed on Psalm 34:5 today. It says;
“They looked to him and were radiant...”

That is what we are. We are radiant reflectors of our loving Father. Even if it feels like the power went off.

Isa. 60 says “Arise and shine for the glory of the Lord is upon you.” Rain or shine, my friend, it’s on!

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Todd Hadley

Todd and Karon came to Charleston in 1998 in a denominational setting. There they began to have vision for church as we know it to change. The Lord placed people around them who were receiving similar revelation and who stood with them through the storms of doubt, disillusionment, and opposition. Out of this divine discomfort with institutional religion, the word came that the Lord was calling them to a new work. They realized they were in for quite a ride with Jesus.

Todd and Karon both grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and they were married in 1988. They have four children, Drew, Gabrielle, Hannah, and Lydia, all of whom worship and minister along side the whole of New Heart with the deep love of Christ.

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