I love old buildings. When I went to school in New Orleans, I enjoyed visiting the French Quarter and seeing the beauty of the old buildings that were so new to me. Charleston is another place I enjoyed. After living in Georgia for about a decade, I really enjoyed visiting Savannah and the communities along the coast. My favorite was St. Simons Island, and my favorite landmark was in a cemetery. You heard me right. It was outside an old, old church. The sign and landmark told of how John Wesley preached on that spot. I was stunned, convicted, impressed and ignited all at the same time.
Landmarks and historical markers are cool. We need to stop and read them. Learn from them and be encouraged by them.
In fact, have you noticed that God gives you landmarks or spiritual markers in your life? Henry Blackaby was the first to point this out in my life through his book Experiencing God.
Blackaby wrote, A spiritual marker "identifies a time of transition, decision, or direction when I clearly know that God has guided me. I can look back at these spiritual markers and see how God has faithfully directed my life according to His divine purpose." (p.170)
Don't miss them. In fact I have seen God work this week in some awesome ways that are Spiritual Markers or Landmarks for me and for the church I am honored to lead. God is at work...
Proverbs 22:28 (nasb)
Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set.
Psalm 46:10 (nlt)
"Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world."
2 Chronicles 15:12 (nlt)
Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul.
As we think through our vision for life and ministry, we will find our old spiritual markers and landmarks priceless, and the new markers will be enlightening and the hand of God fresh and exciting. Be challenged to stop and seek the Lord.
One pastor commented that the way He often hears from God is to seek Him and not move until God speaks. Pretty profound, I would say.
Don't miss those spiritual markers, the landmarks that God has placed for you and He to get on the same road to some pretty incredible places. We ain't seen nothing yet!!!
NOTE: much of this post was first shared in April of 2008 on my blog.