I love obscure Old Testament prophets. Many Christians find them dull, what with the repeated “turn or burn” messages. It’s not always easy to keep the lessons fresh and applicable is, but I enjoy the challenge.
I also enjoy the interesting metaphors. As I teach through the book of Amos, I’m struck by the images the Lord gave this shepherd manager and fig grower: visions of locusts, fire, and a plumb line. Amos has a distinctive voice, and one of his phrases rings in my ears,
“you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.”
As Israel turned their backs on God, their culture grew progressively immoral. Rejecting God’s law, they turned their back on those in need with no concern for the poor and oppressed.
I must confess that mercy isn’t one of my spiritual gifts, but after preparing my Amos 6 lesson, the only words I could find were Isaiah’s: I am undone.
I am undone and grieved over the ruin of our nation and the world.
Back in October, I traveled with some friends on a vision trip to Belize. We met with a couple of missionary groups there and the Lord gave me a clear direction of how I could partner with one of them. Less than a month later, another opportunity arose.
Jeff recently released his book, Wrecked: When A Broken World Slams Into Your Comfortable Life. It’s a quick read and one that will mess with you, in a good way. (Like Radical by David Platt.)
“[Being wrecked is] about embracing the journey of
being brokenhearted for a broken world and
allowing it to shape you.
It’s about navigating through life with open hands,
willing to be interrupted.”
~Jeff Goins, Wrecked
We’re a team of 20 from all over the country, and most of us are unacquainted except for Facebook. We’re excited about what the Lord has planned for our random, God-orchestrated group. More than that, we know we’ll return home wrecked and undone.
Would you pray for us Feb 2-6? I’ve decided to suspend my blog schedule so I can focus on hearing from the Lord and building relationships. I look forward to seeing you back here next Friday with an overview!
If you’re on Twitter, we’ll be tweeting under #wreckedguate
Jeff will be blogging our adventures, so be sure to check him out from time to time. He published a list of everyone who’s going on his post, Who’s Going To Guatemala With Me And How You Can Join Us.