A few days ago, the Lord hijacked my routine with an ongoing, ever-growing passion to pray. It was almost like waking up up an adrenaline rush. I now call my experience ‘the surge.’ I’m convinced the Lord is planning to surge this student body as well. In fact, I pray it happens before the Columbus Plant.
One of the results of my ‘surge’ has been an unbroken burst of focus and preparation for the Columbus Plant. I cannot stop thinking about this moment, partially because I do not want to leave the divine flow. I’m so stirred…, and that’s something I don’t want to stop either.
As I’ve been planning and preparing, one theme that keeps coming up is “waiting on the Lord.” I’ve written about it a few different ways, including “practicing the Presence” or “waiting on the weight (of Glory)” as well. I am convinced that this is one of the reasons for the surge – to stay in the Lord’s Presence. To keep us going…
While there are 3 schedule parts in the Columbus Plant, I’m starting to sense a call to “seek Him until He comes…” This doesn’t mean we won’t switch things up, or that it has to look a certain way. It just means that there is a different emphasis. Although we’re having Pockets and Paths, the emphasis is on “planting ourselves” in His Presence.
I’m not sure we know what that looks like, but the Holy Spirit does. It’s kinda like “soaking,” but not. It’s kinda like “services,” but not. It’s kinda like “body ministry,” but not. It’s kinda like “flowing,” but not. This will take practice, and that’s why we have time. We’re coming to practice His Presence, to wait on the Lord… until He comes. Until He directs us. Until He gives us the definition we need to move forward from one hour to the next, and from one season to the next.
Acts 13:1-3 NLT
Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul. One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.
This is a helpful picture of “waiting on the Lord.” Footnote, did you notice they were fasting? While the Columbus Plant is come-and-go, we (whoever that is) are coming with the intention to come until He comes… and we’re willing to fasting through the time we’re there.
For whatever reason, taking a “quick break” to grab a snack or even take a nap can actually become counter-productive to the gathering. However, a Plant is just that. We’re planting ourselves and refusing distraction.
In fact, we’re even not going to do Pockets or Paths if need be. We have it scheduled, but we’re not letting those things stir up restlessness in our hearts either. There is a place for it, but we’re just going to throw it up to the wind hour by hour.
Can the Lord comes quickly? Yes! Does it take a long time to “wait” on the Lord? Sure. It doesn’t matter to us either way. If He comes in the first hour, we’ll go to bed early. There’s no pressure to go “12 hours” – as if we’re proving something. However, if we’re waiting on Him, or just enjoying Him in waves, we’re willing to stay planted.