In Touch – April 11, 2014
Posted on April 11, 2014 by under Touché,

Re: The Mountaintop

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now; we’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now; because I’ve been to the mountaintop…I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land” (Martin Luther King Jr.)

Martin sees with the eyes of Moses as Moses sees the end of his journey, the picture of the Promised Land.  This week our nation remembered the fiftieth anniversary of LBJ signing the Civil Rights bill.  It was a reminder of how far we have come, Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton and Carter all spoke about that at a conference commemorating Johnson’s signing of the bill; they also spoke about how far we have to go.

The text for Sunday is the vision Moses is given of the Promised Land and the picture of Jesus entering Jerusalem as the Messiah and reigning king.  I don’t know if it was frustration or fulfillment for Moses, as he saw the land he would not set foot on.  I am sure it must have been frustration and fulfillment for Jesus to know that the king the people wanted was not the king he would be. We live in the distance between “the already” and the “not yet.”  We can live in the frustration of not living into the kingdom fully come, or the joy of the vision of the fullness of the Promised Land.

Last night at the elders meeting we were preparing for the congregational meeting on Sunday.  The slides were ready to talk about finances and that leads to frustration. Then the conversation shifted to the joy of the vision of what God is doing at HRC. Suddenly I saw Moses in a different way.  He saw the joy of what God was doing in his people.  That is the joy I see today.  Since our last congregational meeting, we have seen many signs of joy: 1) a marriage retreat that included many new people to HRC, 2) An Alpha focus that will prepare our church for an opportunity to go “wider” in our reach to people outside of the church,  3) Our giving is actually up $24,000 from where we were last year,  4) We have helped launch a new day at Beacon Reformed, 5) Odyssey members will be receiving awards tonight for their mission trip to Mexico,  6) We continue to see new families coming and returning to HRC week after week,  7) We are preparing for an Easter of great music and great joy.

Today I can say that I have been to the mountain top and I have seen the Promised Land, the land of God’s presence and blessing in so many ways.  The journey on Palm Sunday did not end in the way the people with palms hoped for, but it led to the story of resurrection beyond what anybody could have asked or imagined.  God continues to do amazing things in this place, and God continues to prepare a people for the Promised Land.

In Him,