I remember 2011. With crystal clarity that comes from a rearview-mirror perspective, the Lord spoke in distinct ways to prepare me for the life He had prepared for me. I didn’t know what it would look like, but He was laying the groundwork through three key encounters.
The first was during a conversation I was having with a friend. As I was sharing the recent post-classroom lab experience the Lord had organized for my practice, I heard Him speaking in my other ear, “In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God. I sent My Word in the flesh, so that now I can turn your flesh into the Word.”
The second was a dream I had the first night of a three-day conference at a large, multi-campus church. In the dream, I am pulling into the church parking lot, but much of it is being resurfaced and potholes are being repaired. I heard the Lord sigh and then ask, “When will My people get out of the parking lot?”
The third was just a simple expression of His desire for me; “I want to be able to turn you on a dime.”
The beginning of 2012 marked the transition for me from doing church to being Church. We get a 24/7/365 life of following the Master, becoming His goodness on display by His Spirit. We get to move from fans to followers, believers to disciples, consumers to feeders, becoming the Word in our flesh as we walk with Him and one another. WooHoo!