Thursday, May 4, 2017

"Come on, God! Let me WORSHIP in PEACE!"

My daughter and I at Worship Night in America in Reno, NV
"God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." John 4:24 NIV 
I found myself in unfamiliar waters on Saturday of last week.  We had tickets to see Chris Tomlin's Worship Night in America here in Reno and we had been looking forward to it for MONTHS!

However, after a sleepless night with one of my elderly cats who was having...eh-hem...intestinal issues, and a long day of watching BOTH my cats refuse food; my husband also wound up on crutches with a chronic foot injury, and I was looking at my jam-packed schedule trying to determine when I'd carve out time to get my cats to the vet (hoping it would NOT be to put a cat to sleep!).

I was pretty ticked off with the whole world...

Now, I know that none of those "stressors" includes ANY health issues with our medically complex daughter, nor do they include any meltdowns or self-injurious behaviors...BUT, that's kind of the point, right?

Even when things with our kids who have special needs ARE going well, we STILL have LIFE to deal with.

So I, in my irately frustrated-with-life state of mind, said to my husband, "Seriously?  I'm supposed to be in the mood to WORSHIP tonight?"

After months of looking forward to this event, I was not in the proper mindset for "worshiping."
Or so I thought...

Chris Tomlin leading us in Worship
You see, when one takes a close look at the Bible and what scripture says about worshipping God, it becomes evident that worship need not JUST happen when "all's right with the world."

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV

I spread out my hands to you;
I thirst for you like a parched land.
Psalm 143:6 NIV

Even when we are in the midst of difficult times, our worship becomes a way for us to earnestly seek God's presence and peace. It's a time for us to recharge and reset and let the Holy Spirit fill us.  

Now, I'm normally a full body worshipper -- arms high, lots of swaying-sometimes even jumping and dancing. But we got to our seats and I had a "neighbor" who is apparently less concerned about "personal space" than I am. He actually stood with his hand on the chair in front of me, so I clearly could not stand in that same space, therefore, I sat for most of the concert.
Phil Wickham leading us in Worship

When he received these orders, he put them [Paul and Silas] 
in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, 
and the other prisoners were listening to them.  
Acts 16:24-25 NIV

Surely the prison cell of Paul and Silas was no "front row ticket" for worship, and there was no dancing going on with their feet in the stocks. Still, they found a way to worship God.

And so should we!

Long story short? God reminded me VERY clearly that I'm to worship him in the good times AND the bad...that's easier said than done! I'd normally be the first person to say that I had learned to praise him in the midst of our storms, but apparently, I'd fallen out of practice. God got me back in alignment with his will and his ways.

Pray:  Heavenly Father, thank you for your reminders to us that YOU are the KING of the WORLD and that we are to praise you with every breath we have in us.  Thank you for the opportunity to praise you, and for the freedom we have in you.  Continue to remind us so that we are not prone to wander here on this earth.  Amen.

~Tammie Hefty

PS... we definitely got our praise on...here's a quick glimpse:


2 comments:

  1. Glad I'm not alone. Physical ailments have affected my church attendance and my ability to physically participate in praise and worship the way I used to. I know that I can offer the praise that I have and He accepts it just the same. I also worship with my testimony and obedience.

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    1. Not only that, Denie...but your praise and worship in the midst of your storms is sweeter to him because he KNOWS what you're going through and how much energy and strength your worship represents. God bless you!!! <3

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