We need intermissions!
Let me tell you this and I pray you are really hearing this: Our first calling is not to work for God but to be with God.
In a way it is against our upbringing and culture to simply be with God. We tend to be busy, trying to reach goals set by us or by those around us. We tend to function out of the urgent rather than consciously taking time to do what is so immensely important: being in the presence of God.
He cares about you and is waiting to meet you – wherever you are.
God is always inviting us to grow closer to him. God is always at work in our lives. But often, we are not conscious of that truth. We are too busy being good Christians, pastors or missionaries. And yet, God placed a longing deep into our souls: a longing for deeper intimacy with God. We will hear this longing - if we take the time to listen and pay attention.
That is why we need an intermission – a break to take a step back from what we are doing so we can pay attention to how we are doing. How we are really doing.
Are you longing to find times with God in the midst of your busy life? Does God often feel strangely absent or quiet? An intermission offers you a moment to pause and pay attention and take care of your soul.
Are you longing to experience deeper intimacy with God? Do you feel the need for someone to come alongside you and walk a few steps of the journey with you? An intermission offers you direction on your journey of growing closer to God.
Are you a pastor or missionary deeply committed to your ministry and calling while at the same time in need of a safe place to tell your story? Are you taking a furlough or sabbatical or are you ministering while being weary and tired? An intermission offers you an opportunity to verbally tell your story and process what has happened so that you will be able to walk forward with renewed vision.
We will be more healthy when our hearts connect with God! As we connect with God, we will develop a deeper longing for God and we will notice how much we need him. We will experience God’s presence.