My friend Darlene was in her late sixties when our paths intersected. We worked together at a previous calling, and she had the benefit of being able to take time off when necessary for her continued career—Darlene was a world-renowned (and globally hired) vocal coach. (She still is. Keep on reading!)
When I asked her, in all of my twenty-five year-old wisdom, if she had any plans to slow down, she looked at me straight on and said, “It’s harder to hit a moving target, Arthur.”
I think about that interchange a lot; there’s something about doing what you love with passion and energy and engagement and purpose. I also thought of it this week as I’m working on Sunday’s sermon—once again, Israel moans in the desert, this time because of thirst. Once again, Moses approaches God to seek God’s providential assistance. And this time, God gets involved by being so close, you can almost see the divine person. So close, that Moses is to strike the spot on which God stands. If God’s not completely focused, God may get struck! If Moses is not completely focused, Moses may miss the spot.
I think that’s part of the joy of being a congregational family, folks. We get to be intentional with one another, with God’s continued work in us and in the world, and in our relationships informed by and enhanced in Jesus Christ. There’s a power and purpose to presence, surely. There’ll be more on this Sunday, I assure you. I look forward to seeing you then.