Daily Bread June 09

What is God doing?
Jackie Carter of Midland, TX, USA

And ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably and to render to every [person] according to that which [he or she] is…due. -Mosiah 2:24, adapted

What is God doing in your life?
Where is God calling you?

Not long ago I was reviewing a new pilot program on the World Church website. The information gave me pause because of what the commitment would mean. After thinking about it and reading the information again, I felt I was being told, “The Spirit is moving.” And God was asking, “Do you want to grow and move with it?” At that point I signed up for the Spiritual Formation and Companioning pilot.

I did not realize how thirsty for God I was or how much I yearned to experience God. I wanted more. I have been blessed by many good experiences and testimonies of others. As the Native American poet Linda Hogan writes:

“Walking, I am listening to a deeper way.
Suddenly, all my ancestors are behind me.
Be still they say.
Watch and listen.
You are the result of the love of thousands.”

-Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World, W. W. Horton, 2007, p. 159

A continuous process is occurring in our spiritual lives. At the first Spiritual Formation and Companioning retreat at Camp Buckhorn in California, we were served communion by the staff. We had shared hymns and a period of silence. When we took communion, I felt such joy to be participating in the experience and sensing the presence of God: “Be still and know I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

I never dreamed of the changes that were possible during the three years of spiritual formation and companioning, and how my life would change. God’s vision is so much bigger. I came away with new spiritual disciplines, new friends, and a new ministry. The questions I wrote at the beginning of this testimony were on every assignment in some form: What is God doing in your life? Where is God calling you?

I think of them every day.

Prayer Phrase

Wherever I am, God is here.

Spiritual Practice

Breathe deeply and prayerfully consider the story you have just read. What is the Spirit’s invitation to you in these words? What does it look like to wake up to God’s presence in this moment?

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